Early Québécois and Les Automatistes

Marcel Barbeau  ·  Paul Vanier Beaulieu  ·  Léon Bellefleur  ·  Marcelle Ferron  ·  Pierre Gauvreau
Lise Gervais  ·  Jean-Paul Jérôme  ·  Rita Letendre  ·  Jean-Paul Riopelle  ·  Claude Tousignant

Marcel Barbeau

La Rosée de la nuit
La Rosée de la nuit, 2007
acrylic on canvas, 51.2" × 31½"
L'arc Di-Dolle
L'arc Di-Dolle, 1962
acrylic on canvas, 25½" × 19½"
Lumière Crue
Lumière Crue, 1962
acrylic on linen, 24" × 18"

Paul V. Beaulieu

Paysage, 1957
watercolour, 19" × 25.5"
The Dance
oil on board , 7.5" × 9.5"
Forest in Winter
Forest in Winter
oil on canvas, 20" × 24"

Léon Bellefleur

Foret Sans Nom
Foret sans Nom, 1962
oil on canvas, 25.5" × 32"
Ecrits sur la Pierre
Écrits sur la Pierre, 1972
oil on canvas, 30" x 43"
Eclats de Joie II
Éclats de Joie II, 1994
oil on canvas, 20" x 24"

Marcelle Ferron

Abstraction, 1973
oil on canvas, 18" × 15"

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"

Rita Letendre

Echoes, 1987
oil on canvas, 48 × 72"
Zerdi, 1972
acrylic on canvas, 50" × 60"
Untitled 55-16
Untitled #16, 1955
casein on paper, 9.25" × 11.3"

Jean-Paul Riopelle

Composition, 1959
oil on canvas, 24" × 20"

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.