Early Québécois and Les Automatistes

Rita Letendre  ·  Pierre Gauvreau  ·  Lise Gervais  ·  Serge Lemoyne
Jean-Paul Jérôme  ·  Léon Bellefleur ·  Paul Vanier Beaulieu  ·  Claude Tousignant

Rita Letendre

Echoes, 1987
oil on canvas, 48 × 72"
Summer's Flight
Summer's Flight
oil on paper, 20" × 26"
Zerdi, 1972
acrylic on canvas, 50" × 60"
Untitled 55-16
Untitled #16, 1955
casein on paper, 9.25" × 11.3"
Untitled #20, 1962
ink on paper, 6.25" × 9.5"
Untitled #21, 1962
ink on paper, 6.25" ×9.5"

Pierre Gauvreau

Bifurcation, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 48" × 40"
Le Sang de Tiennamen (The Blood of Tiennamen)
Le Sang de Tiennamen, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 72" × 48"
Debandade de l'intention
Debandade de l'intention, 2006
mixed media on canvas, 24" × 24"

Lise Gervais

L'Effusion, 1964
oil on canvas, 60" × 20"
Composition Rouge, Noir et Ocre
Composition rouge, noir et ocre
oil on canvas, 36" x 36"

Serge Lemoyne

Maison IIsold
Maison II, 1989
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 36"

Jéan-Paul Jérôme

Odyssée-Un, 1993
acrylic on canvas, 24" × 30'
Mandoline, 1986
acrylic on board, 12" × 20"
Fonds Marin
Fonds Marin, 1975
acrylic on linen, 13" × 22"
Bruges, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 16" × 16"

Léon Bellefleur

Foret Sans Nom
Foret sans Nom, 1962
oil on canvas, 25.5" × 32"
Foret Sans Nom
Hippocampe aux eneau d'etat, 1952
ink on paper, 16" × 18"
The Mage
The Mage, 1994
gouache on paper, 11" × 9"

Paul V. Beaulieu

Paysage, 1957
watercolour, 19" × 25.5"
The Dance
oil on board , 7.5" × 9.5"

Claude Tousignant

Azo-Cobalt, 1975 (Diptych)
Azo-Cobalt, 1975 (Diptych)
acrylic on canvas, 30"diameter
Suite "P.M." 1917, #42, 2004
Suite "P.M." 1917, #42, 2004
mixed media on paper, 31" x 47.5"
Quinacridone-Cobalt, 1975 (Diptych)
Quinacridone-Cobalt, 1975 (Diptych)
acrylic on canvas, 48" diameter


Les Automatistes – Biography

When painter Paul-Émile Borduas was introduced to the writings of the French poet André Breton, he was inspired by the poet's écriture automatique. Borduas then transferred these ideas onto the painting surface, using spontaneity and shunning the use of preconception. Les Automatiste, as a movement, was created when Borduas showed a number of these spontaneous paintings, done in gouache, at the Ermitage Théâtre in Montréal.

Running from April 25th to May 2nd 1942, the exhibition gained Borduas a few followers, most notably: Marcel Barbeau, Jean Paul Riopelle and Roger Fauteux, who were all his students at the École du Meuble. Other followers included: Pierre Gauvreau and Fernand Leduc from Montreal’s École des beaux-arts and Jean-Paul Mousseau from the Collège Notre-Dame. The new group met in Borduas's studio, there they discussed a wide variety of issues disapproved of by the church, such as Marxism, surrealism and psychoanalysis.

Daphne OdjigDaphne Odjig, Canadian Indigenous Artist and Icon Dies at 97. Click here for more details.

Odjig is frequently referred to as the "Grandmother of Indigenous Art." She has been the recipient of many awards, honours and recognitions for her works, to name a few: The Order of Canada, the Governor General's Award, and eight Honorary Doctorates. Her works have been shown in the National Gallery of Canada, The McMichael Canadian Art Collection, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

She established the first native-run fine art print house in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1971. Known as 'Odjig Indian Prints,' this print house was so successful that it evolved into an Indigenous gallery space in 1974, called the New Warehouse Gallery, run by Odjig and her husband, Chester Beavon. She was also a founding member of the Indian Group of Seven. This artistic group's purpose was to promote Contemporary Indigenous art and artists.

Alex JanvierAlex Janvier's major retrospective, "Alex Janvier: Modern Indigenous Master" is now on display at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Alex Janvier is one of Canada's most acclaimed contemporary Indigenous artists. His career of sixty-five years has yielded thousands of paintings, and more than twenty-five murals and public commissions. This retrospective of his artwork is on display from 25 November 2016 to 17 April 2017.

(Photo credit: Kim Griffiths) Click here for more details.