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War artist Molly Lamb Bobak: a retrospective

The Story

Molly Lamb Bobak began her career as the first Canadian woman to be appointed an official war artist. In 1993, a Regina gallery collected her work for a retrospective, and she talked to CBC-TV's Wendy Mesley about her wartime work, her approach to painting "subjects", and her continued fascination with painting poppies. In this interview, Bobak marvels at the breadth of the collection of her art, some of which she has not seen in 30 years.

Medium: Television
Program: Midday
Guest: Molly Bobak
Host: Wendy Mesley
Broadcast Date: Nov. 29, 1993
Duration: 6:35

Did You know?

• Molly Lamb was born Feb. 25, 1920, and died March 2, 2014. She studied art in Vancouver, and then joined the Canadian Women's Army Corps in 1942. In 1945 she went overseas as an official war artist; because she was a woman, she was not allowed to go as an artist until after the fighting had ended in Europe.

• In 1945 she married fellow war artist Bruno Bobak, who was born in Poland in 1923, came to Canada in 1925, and served as a war artist from 1944 to 1946. He died Sept. 24, 2012.

• Another Canadian woman war artist was Pegi Nicol MacLeod, who painted depictions of the women's army forces in Ottawa in 1944-45. 




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