Painting a Country
“I do not know whether my paintings are Surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the most honest expression of myself.” – Frida Kahlo
Facing me, the man stands straight as an oak tree. His hands are huge. His hair is shaggy, much as Albert Einstein’s. His deep intense eyes reflect the greatest joys as well as the torments of human experience. René Gagnon has been dealing with the hazards of life for all of his 86 years, including 67 years with the demons of creation.
Over the restaurant table, he is showing me the pictures that are included in his book. Here, on a fishing trip with Riopelle, Paul Rebeyrolle and Stanley Cosgrove; another, with Alfred Pellan, taken during an exhibition in Paris. Being cognizant of René Gagnon’s creation is, to me, one of life’s blessings. Could it be one of the best kept secret of Québec art history?
Texte de Michel Bois
Facing me, the man stands straight as an oak tree. His hands are huge. His hair is shaggy, much as Albert Einstein’s…
Delight in Discovery
The Dali of printmaking
On the phone, the voice is joyful; the melodious accent titillates the ear. I am speaking with Christine Argillet, daughter of Pierre Argillet, collector, highly talented publisher and printer of Salvador Dali’s major etchings. The conversation is filled with anecdotes and complicit laughter stemming from a shared common passion for the works of the Master, with whom she was well acquainted and interacted on a daily basis till she turned seventeen.
Text by Michel Bois
Galerie Ambiance, 81, Saint-Paul Street East, Montréal, 514-396- 6670, from October 18, 2014.
On the phone, the voice is joyful; the melodious accent titillates the ear. I am speaking with Christine Argillet, daughter…
If you happen to be in New York the Metropolitain Museum of Art is showing The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy British Art and Design from May 20-October 26, 2014. The Pre-Raphaelites were the bad boys of the Victorian art community and as an aside, were also responsible for reintroducing the sandal as acceptable footwear. Fortunately the strength of their abilities makes up for this fashion foible. Inspired by medieval and Renaissance art from before the time of Raphael they attempted and in many cases succeeded in producing art that was vivid, sincere and uplifting. The show consists of some 30 objects from the Museum and from private collections and focuses on the second generation Pre-Raphaelites Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Works on display include paintings, drawings, furniture, ceramics, stained glass, textiles and book illustrations. While the Pre-Raphaelites influenced later art movements such as the Symbolists, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Surrealism they also, through the home furnishings produced by William Morris’ Morris and Company strongly influenced furniture and textile design.
If you happen to be in New York the Metropolitain Museum of Art is showing The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy British Art…