Fonds F0651 - Ingeborg Mohr fonds

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Ingeborg Mohr fonds

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  • 1921-2004 (Creation)

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0.07 m of textual records
4 photographs : col., 1 sepia toned ; 21 x 29.5 cm or smaller

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Ingeborg Mohr, artist, was born in Innsbruck, Austria, on December 8, 1921. At 18 she was diagnosed with polio and was dissuaded from becoming an artist. Consequently, she attended the University of Breslau in Germany from September 1943 to February 1945 to study art history. In 1947 Ingeborg resumed her pursuit of a career in art. She took studio classes at the School of Fine Arts in Linz, Austria, while also working at the International Refugee Organization, and at a publishing house as a freelance book and magazine illustrator. In 1952 Ingeborg was accepted into the Master Class at the School of Fine Arts in Graz, Austria. Between 1951 and 1952 she also worked as a counselor for the National Catholic Welfare Conference for refugees in Austria. Ingeborg married J.W. (Hans) Mohr in 1952, and they emigrated to Canada in 1954 with their children. While in Saskatchewan, Ingeborg focused on painting the prairie landscape and skies with watercolors. In 1955 Ingeborg and her family moved to Toronto, Ontario, where she was influenced by abstract impressionism resulting in the evolvement of her style from representational to non-objective painting. She worked in batik for four years after the move to Toronto and turned to using oil paints on paper after 1971. In 1981 she and her husband moved to Howe Island, near Kingston, Ontario, where she continued to paint and exhibit. She was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1980 and the Ontario Society of Artists in 1975. Ingeborg's work was exhibited widely across Canada, including the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Trent University, Massey College of the University of Toronto, the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre, Imperial Oil, Goethe-House, Simon Fraser Gallery, and Merton Gallery. Her work was held in private, public and corporate collections in Europe, Canada, and the United Sates. Ingeborg died on January 5, 2004.

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Fonds consists of: an early sketchbook; an exhibit book from the Agnes Etherington Art Centre entitled Notes on dark ground; a magazine with an article about Ingeborg; an invitation to Ingeborg’s 1986 studio show on Howe Island; a collection of magazine articles and clippings of upcoming gallery exhibits, architecture, and art; newspaper clippings on movies, art and entertainment; correspondence from friends, family and colleagues including artist Nina Whiting, writer Daniel Manfredi, painter Peter Bieselt, Thomas Ring-Stiftung, Joan Mackenzie, and gallery owners; a letter from Timothy Findley; artist profiles of Ingeborg Mohr; her curriculum vitae; articles, stories and poems written by friends; and a collection of articles on art, architecture and philosophy.

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Donated by Dr. Veronica Mohr in 2014.


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Some of the documents are in German.

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Records pertaining to Ingeborg Mohr can be found in the J.W. (Hans) Mohr fonds (F0642 - York University) and in the Simon Fraser University Archives and Records Management Department (F-90-5-2-0-209).

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Art books that accompanied the donation of this fonds can be found in York University Libraries’ catalogue as the Ingeborg Mohr collection.

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2018-03-23 KCP: Added accrual information.

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