” I see the practice of art as a veritable incarnation of life, an excess, a folly, an infinity, a freedom, something organic that can take us much further than all sorts of travels .” – Clémentine Célarié
An artist of such stature as Claude Picher cannot be invented. The painter’s successful career began while he was still in his teens. Appreciated by collectors across Canada as much as Jean Paul Lemieux, he quickly gained national notoriety. Voluntary, spontaneous and impulsive in character, he was also known for his political involvement and his acerbic critics towards the established systems that framed the field of visual arts. A look back at an artistic giant that has today almost been forgotten, but is still extremely topical!
Text by Michel Bois
Claude Picher is represented by:
Galerie Douce Passion, 42 Notre-Dame St., in Québec
Galerie Perreault, 205 Saint-Paul St., in Québec
The writing team thanks these two galleries for the images provided
to illustrate this article.