Fonds - Herman Gesell fonds

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Herman Gesell fonds

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  • 1912-1971 (Creation)
    Gesell, Herman

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87 paintings, oil and water colour;39 matted and shrink wrapped paintings;59.6 cm of textual records

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Herman Gesell was born in Austria in 1863. He emigrated to the USA in 1882, but came to BC with the construction of the CPR in 1896. He filed a homestead on property five miles northwest of Sicamous. He received his patent in 1912. Gesell cleared forty acres of the 160 he filed on. After meeting his requirements, Gesell took time to continue his travels and record landscapes in his sketch books. He travelled to North Dakota, to Lake Pend D'Oreille to visit the first nation's people and to Argentina to visit with his brother Silvio. Herman Gesell succumbed to a kidney infection in 1939. His homestead was burned by authorities and neighbour Alex Woods was asked to take care of his effects, mostly paintings and books. According to John Tapson-Jones, the estate could not be sent to Germany because of the wartime restrictions.

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The fonds consists of water and oil paintings, oil pastel drawings, correspondence, the published writings of Silvio Gesell and ephemera.

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BCAUL control number: SAM-3067

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