Thursday, July 31, 2014

Painters of Quebec

I went to Quebec city for a couple days and discovered so many great painters from Quebec. Quebec city is full of art galleries in between all the touristic souvenir shops and I had a lot of fun talking to the gallery owners to learn about the history of fine art scene in Quebec. I noticed that there are handful of painters that were commonly featured in all the galleries, whose styles reminded me of the post impressionists like Cezanne, Monet and Sargent. But their landscapes were rougher, often featuring harsh winter scenes of Quebec. Their bold strokes and subtle and beautiful colors really captivated me. Most of them were born in the late 1800s and now all dead but some "young" artists had picked up their trails.

René Richard

Francesco Iacurto

Lucie Michel

Henri Leopold Masson

 Albert Rousseau

Stanley Cosgrove

Miguel Forest

Jean Paul Lemieux is one of the most sought after painters from Quebec. His paintings stand out from the rest because of his quirky figures. They kind of remind me of Balthus and Munch, a bit naive and creepy. Towards the end of his life, Lemieux often painted ghosts roaming around the Quebec city.

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