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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is running Masters II: From Parmigianino to Matisse from April 10, to August 12, 2018. The exhibition consists of 55 drawings executed between the 16th to 20th centuries and thy come from what the museum calls “Canada’s most important private collection.” Alongside the 55 drawings the museum will be showing an additional 20 other drawings donated to the museum by the anonymous collector.

Works on paper by François Boucher, Agostino and Annibale Carracci, Giovanni Bendetto, Castiglione, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Juan Gris, Katsushika Hokusai, Victor Hugo, Henri Matisse, Jean-François Millet, Amedeo Modigliani, Gustave Moreau, Berthe Morisot, Parmigianino, Camille Pisarro, Giorgi Vasari, James McNeil Whistler and Antoine Watteau will all be on display.

If you, like me, were surprised to see novelist Victor Hugo included in the list the work by Hugo is one of those black cut-out silhouettes the Victorians were fond of making. Curious, to say the least.

The subject matter ranges from the religious to the venal, from landscape to Japanese warriors and contains work in a variety of different schools including cubism and impressionism. If you like drawing or consider it the basis of art, this may very well be the show for you.


Summer 2018

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is running…

Aventure, acrylic and mixed media, 60 x 40 in

Colourful Aerobatics

Marc Samson

Artist Profile

Forever seeking to excel himself as a way of life ever since his initial physical education training, it isn’t surprising that Marc Samson approaches painting with the same commitment and determination he invested into the sports disciplines he practiced. A consummate athlete, he finds the aesthetics of visual arts equivalent to the perfection of movement he strives to achieve through his intensive workouts.

He believes satisfactory results can only be achieved if he engages all of his energy in his undertakings, passion being his driving force. Hence, he fully launches himself into pictorial art, with as much ardour as he invested into the universe of sporting competition where he was able to transcend thanks to his constant quest for excellence. He finds Picasso and Cathelin fascinating, one for his geometric interpretation of reality, the other for the richness of his textures. He is also influenced by Matisse’s modern approach, strong values and abundant motifs.

Art is today a participant to his overall health regimen, allowing this part of him that accepts no boundary to endlessly elaborate on canvas. Drawing from his memories and subconscious mind, he remains attentive to his inner feelings and lets the magic happen. Official recognition of his talent as an artist adds to his sense of achievement, confirming that he’s been able to define a unique style and secure his place in the art world. “This second career is nothing less than pure happiness!”, says the artist. Delighted to be able to finally devote all of his time to his painting, he mentions his head is full of ideas. Since there is an ever increasing demand for his work, he is confident he made the right choice in focussing all of his efforts on his art.  Abonnez-vous au contenu de notre site internet pour lire ce texte. Subscribe to our Website content to read more

Text by Lisanne le Tellier

Marc Samson’s works can be viewed on his website at or on his Facebook page.

Forever seeking to excel himself as a way of life ever since his initial physical education training,…


Moving on from looking at the past to inspiring the future The Tate Modern in London is showing Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs from April 17-September 7, 2014. When you look at the cut outs one of the questions you end up walking away with is whether or not there would have been a Pop Art explosion in the 1960‘s without the influence of Matisse’s work. Matisse worked on the cut-outs in his old age starting when he was 71, recovering from radical colon surgery and confined to either a wheelchair or bed. He couldn’t work at an easel but he could shape form and colour by using scissors, coloured paper and pins to attach them to the wall. Eventually Matisse would have an assistant pin the pieces of a work against the wall and finally they would be taken down and framed in glass. Matisse worked for the last 13 years of life on the cut-outs. There are 130 cut-outs in the show and some of them are very large.

Summer 2014

Moving on from looking at the past to inspiring the future The Tate Modern in London is showing Henri Matisse: The Cut- Outs…


I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans think of as being Parisian and that if you can’t get to Paris, Quebec City more than makes up for that.

The Musee National des beaux-arts du Quebec on the Plains of Abraham will be showing Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse from May 8-September 7, 2014. James Wilson Morrice and John Lyman were two Canadian painters who were able to live abroad in exile as they developed their international reputations.

Lyman studied with Matisse at his Academy in 1910 and Morrice met and became friends with Matisse when both were living in Tangiers. The new exhibition is the first to feature both men in 25 years. The works on exhibition consists of 130 oils on wood, canvas and cardboard and come from museums across Canada and Europe as well as both domestic and international private collections. The exhibition will also mark the first time Matisse’s Palm Leaf, Tangier will be exhibited in Canada. It is there in order to show Matisse’s influence on Morrice’s West Indies paintings.

Summer 2014

I’ve often thought that the view from the roof of a building in Quebec City’s Old Town is pretty much the same view that most North Americans…