Accession MS COLL 00459 - Leon Katz Momento Books

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Leon Katz Momento Books


  • 1970-1998 (Creation)

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2 volumes.

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Leon Katz was born in Lvov, Austria (now Poland), in 1906. He moved to France with his parents before the First World War and graduated from the university of Toulouse with an engineering degree. In 1941, he fled to Spain after the Nazi invasion of France and spent three years in Barcelona. Katz emigrated to Canada in 1944 and got a job assembling resistors. In 1948, he developed and patented a flickerless fluorescent lamp, and the next year he founded his own company, Canadian Fluorescent Light Co., which eventually became Canada X-Ray Ltd. He was also president of the French Chamber of Commerce and art curator of the Alliance Francaise.

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Two-volume book which consists of 341 paintings, sketches, prints, collages, autographs, partial music scores, poetry and prose collected by Katz, with the help of his wife Johanna, over nearly three decades, from 1970-1998.

Among the Canadian contributors: Farley Mowat, Margaret Atwood, Northup Frye, Robertson Davies, Michael Ondaatje, Arthur Lismer, Thoreau MacDonald (a frequent contributor), Leon Bellefleur. Interest
contributors: Marc Chagall, Rufino Tamayo, Henry Moore, Andy Warhol, among many others.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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