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The MNBAQ in Quebec City is running Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! from June 15th, to September 4th, 2017. It seems just the right sort of thing for a nice summer day. Halsman is the photographer who invented “jumpology” the art of taking portraits of people who are jumping into the air. “When you ask a person to jump, his attention is mostly directed to the act of jumping and the mask falls so the real person appears,” said Halsman. He also took the photograph that shows Alfred Hitchcock with a cigar dangling from his mouth and a bird perched on the end of the cigar. Halsman collaborated with Salvador Dali for more than 30 years and produced 101 Life Magazine covers.

Summer 2017

The MNBAQ in Quebec City is running Philippe Halsman: Astonish Me! …

QUEBEC CITY

If you like colour and I mean if you really like colour and all the chromatic possibilities it brings to the canvas and the way that it illuminates life, then you need to get yourself to Quebec City in time to see Pierre Bonnard, Radiant Colour at the Quebec National Museum of Fine Art, running from October 6, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

Bonnard, who lived from 1867 to 1947, was a co-founder of the Nabis, a master colourist who worked in oils, engraving and posters. The exhibition is designed to explore his statement: The object is not to paint life but to make painting come alive.

Bonnard was renowned for the originality of his compositions and his extraordinary sense of light. The show consists of roughly 40 paintings, 40 photos, 20 drawings, and prints of interior scenes, nudes, views of Paris and landscapes done in Normandy and the Cote d’Azure.

Fall 2016

If you like colour and I mean if you really like colour and all the chromatic possibilities it brings to the canvas and the way that it illuminates life, then you need to get yourself to Quebec City…

Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya

There is Still So Much To Do!

On Exhibit

“I became an artist without being aware of it,” Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya says. Art was such a great part of his life in Québec City. He arrived there from Chile at an early age. His mother was a painter and he got interested in art because he saw her working in her studio and he learned to stay quiet just watching her work because he was so fascinated. Having his mother’s studio at home and seeing her paint there, the brushes in jars and the tables and drawers full of tubes, was just so natural. Even as a youngster he was careful not to touch things because they could be covered in fresh paint. The result is that today, many years later, during his demonstrations, he could be wearing a white shirt and a good jacket and stay pristine.

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Text by Valerie Kent

Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya is represented by :

Galerie Q

1521 County Road 10, Cavan, Ontario, L0A 1C0

Tél. : (705) 944-8888

www.galerie-q.com

“I became an artist without being aware of it,” Juan Cristobal Pinochet Araya says. Art was such a great part of his life in Québec City. He arrived there from Chile at an early age. His mother was a painter and…

QUEBEC CITY

From October 29, 2015 to March 27 2016 The Quebec National Museum of Fine Art will be presenting, A Private Passion, Modern Art in Quebec from the Pierre Lassonde Collection.

Pierre Lassonde is a successful mining developer and a noted philanthropist. As such he has had the means to collect the very best when it comes to Quebec art. On display will be a hundred key paintings from the history of modern Quebec art. Some of the artists whose work will be displayed include Marc Aurèle Fortin, Clarence Gagnon, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté, Helen McNicoll, Paul-Émile Borduas, Marcelle Ferron, Jean-Paul Lemieux and Jean-Paul Riopelle.

From October 29, 2015 to March 27 2016 The Quebec National Museum of Fine Art will be presenting, A Private Passion, Modern Art…

Clémence DesRochers

Live Your Life, No More No Less

Great Encounter

“Art should be a part of life and life a part of art.”Marie D’Agoult, 1849.

Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing, Clémence DesRochers always remains true to herself. She never engages in self-censorship of her personality and talent.

As it happens, on April 23, 2015, Madame DesRochers’ drawings entered the Museum through the front door. The artist’s lesser known works are, in fact, part of a group of objects donated to the museum by collector René Jacob, a long time friend with whom she has collaborated for quite some time, creating images to the written words of the poet, author and editor, also pharmacist. They have been entertaining this prolific friendship, in all liberty, for the past 15 years. He wrote! She drew! Based on René Jacob’s own family pictures, the collection in a way paints a portrait of Québec society during an era that has become our heritage.

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Text by Michel Bois 

To purchase drawings, contact Louise Collette or Clémence via the website clemencedesrochers.ca. All monies from the sale of works benefit the Les Impatients non-profit organization.

Much tenderness, plenty of love, a great deal of generosity and truthfulness! Through humour or song, when writing or drawing…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 –August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Summer 2015

 

The Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…

QUEBEC CITY

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan, The Great Seduction, running from June 11, 2015 – September 27, 2015. The exhibition draws on the famous collection of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and consists of 130 works including pieces in lacquer and silver, paintings, photographs and prints. The Quebec City showing is the only stop in Canada. The exhibition promises to explore the Western world’s fascination with Japanese art and its powerful influence.

It seems, however, that Boston Museum of Fine Arts has kept some of its more famous works at home. From April 5, 2015 – August 9, 2015 the museum will be exhibiting Hokusai, whose images are perhaps the most widely recognized of any Japanese artist. Katsushika Hokusai, 1760-1849, was the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized. Some of the masterworks on display will be Under the Wave Off Kanagawa from the legendary series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and the brilliantly coloured multi-panel screen painting Phoenix.

Spring 2015

The Musée National des Beaux Arts du Québec is promising those who devoted to Japanese art one heck of a time with Japan…

Claude A. Simard (1943-2014)

Achieving Timelessness

Great Encounter

“Always remember to take some time to slow down, follow your instincts and taste life to its fullest. It is the essence of truth in creation and of its extended relevance throughout generations.” – Calvin Klein

Never has the passing of a painter and university professor in graphics communication received such a vibrant tribute in the form of a letter published in a major daily newspaper. This short passage conveys its content: “We can say of him that he was colourful and that he has largely influenced our own sensibilities. This teacher was able to ingrain in us a sense of duty and a love of beauty. He made us believe in ourselves. Professor, you have loved us dearly, we know. It’s our turn to tell you how much we loved you in return. Your passion, so inspiring, will live on. It is now part of us all. And, we have long since started to in turn pass it along to others. We will never forget you, Mr. Claude A. Simard!” – Three decades of saddened students.

L'artiste en séance de signatures

L’artiste en séance de signatures

Wow! It certainly stirs at your heart! I wonder how the painter would have reacted at reading such a letter. For Claude A. Simard was a gentle man, a man who saw and appreciated the people around him, humanity in general and the act of creation in perpetual regeneration. So tender-hearted that he felt vulnerable, hence needed to hide behind some protective armour. He was never entirely convinced that his way of teaching was the right way. And, he felt the same about his artistic process, which motivated him to work on his paintings at length, until he finally felt satisfied. The painter’s wife, Huguette Moreau, is adamant: “If the studio door was closed, I was not to bother him. But, if the door was open, I knew he wished to hear me voice my opinion, although he never directly asked for it. I waited for the right moment to be able to speak objectively. He never trusted his first impression, never being entirely convinced of having fully realized his vision.”

Oliviers et tournesols, 30 x 36 po

Oliviers et tournesols, 30 x 36 po

The beginnings

Paper and pencil: that’s all it took to embark on a creative adventure! Claude A. Simard had an enterprising spirit which guided him throughout his life. He never imagined it could be any different. He bit into life fully. “He had this quality of being able to look at his work with a critical eye and foresee possible limitations in the expected result,” explains gallery owner Roch-André Perreault, who highly promoted the painter’s works here in Quebec and abroad.

Noël à la campagne, 36 x 48 po

Noël à la campagne, 36 x 48 po

“It all started when Claude A. and I met while we were both employed by Maison Simons,” relates Mr. Perreault. Claude A. Simard indeed started working in 1966 as a young graphic designer for the Quebec fashion retailer. “Logos, interior store design, advertising drawing: he’s the one who developed the company’s brand image of excellence,” says Roch-André Perreault, adding that, being himself a merchandise buyer for Simons at the time, he travelled all over the world for the retailer and his friend Claude A. never failed to ask him, upon his return, for a report on everything he had seen in Europe. “Claude A was an inspired creator and always on the look-out for the latest trends,” relates Mr. Perreault, reminiscing about his dear friend. “When I opened my own clothing store, where I offered international fashions, he’s the one I entrusted with the architectural design and signature brand. What he created was so audacious and innovative that people still remember it.”

Final approach, 30 x 36 po

Final approach, 30 x 36 po

“After the adventure with fashion designers, Claude A. was not surprised to find me working in the art world. His presence in my gallery’s pool of artists testifies to the friendship and mutual respect we shared. All my artists are important to me, but Claude A. had a way of putting himself forward, which was evident on our exhibition walls. The public’s response has always been extraordinary, and he knew it. But, he constantly sought to better himself, even though he was holding all the elements of a recipe that could be exploited indefinitely. Claude A. Simard has, in fact, never felt entirely within his comfort zone while creating. As a gallery owner, I was more than happy to represent such an artist.”

An exceptional legacy

The vivacious luminosity of nature! Happiness, joy of living and of painting with audacious colours to attract the eye and extract sentiment! Here are paintings that spread smiles on society. Smiles full of hope and joy! Facing his canvas, the painter never knew in advance what he was going to do. His compositions took form progressively as he painted, seeking unusual connections of space and volume among the various themes represented. His multiple trips abroad and the many drawings sketched under the lights that are so particular to Europe, allowed him to explore a variety of effects of balance and harmony, which, in the end, may have benefited his style, his vision even.

La fleuriste est amoureuse, 36 x 42 po

La fleuriste est amoureuse, 36 x 42 po

Claude A. Simard’s artistic path has engendered other areas of interest. Environmentally conscious, he advocated the protection of nature. He was always ready to fight for freedom of artistic expression as much as for the quality of life that will be our children’s legacy. And, via his paintings, he was able to permanently engage the public at large in his causes. Another challenge that this talented and perfectionist man has brilliantly met. Thank you for everything, Mr. Claude A. Simard!

Your Magazin’Art wishes to thank Mrs. Huguette Moreau, the painter’s widow, for her testimony, and Mr. Roch André Perreault, gallery-owner of renown and, most importantly, friend of the artist whose first creative sparks he was present to witness.

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Texte by Michel Bois

Claude-A. Simard is represented by : Galerie Alan Klinkhoff, Montréal, Québec ; Galerie Perreault, Québec, Québec ; Galerie L’Harmattan, Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec ; Galerie Richard Hevey, Sainte-Adèle, Québec ; Galerie Roberts, Toronto, Ontario ; Galerie Masters, Calgary, Alberta ; Galerie Masters, Vancouver, C.-B. ; Galerie West End, Edmonton, Alberta ; Galerie West End, Victoria, C.-B.

Never has the passing of a painter and university professor in graphics communication received such a vibrant tribute in the form of a letter published in a major daily newspaper…

Suzan Édith Baron Lafrenière

Paying Tribute to Women

Thumbnail Sketches

Love and human warmth: pure joy! It is in festive atmosphere that I am welcomed at Baron Lafrenière Gallery in Quebec City on this autumn afternoon.

It is an honour to meet this great artist, Suzan Édith Baron Lafrenière and her two sons, Nikolas-Samuel Bernier, who manages the gallery, and François-David Bernier, lawyer and owner of this fantastic art gallery located in the old Molson bank building near Quebec’s old port. Suzan Édith Baron Lafernière has, in fact, four sons who actively promote her work to collectors and to the public at large.

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Texte by Frédéric-Marc Gagné

Love and human warmth: pure joy! It is in festive atmosphere that I am welcomed at Baron Lafrenière Gallery in Quebec City on this autumn afternoon…

QUEBEC CITY

The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that springs to mind is Conrad Black who for a while was very successful as a newspaperman. Now he is becoming better known for his excellent string of modern histories.

Another is perennial rock and roll star Bryan Adams. Long known for his success in cutting like a knife on the record charts he has also been building a parallel career as a photographer. Adams’ work is stunning and from February 19, 2015 to June 14, 2015 Bryan Adams Exposed will be showing at the Musee National des Beaux Arts in Quebec City.

His portrait of a prancing Sir Mick Jagger is revealing as are his shots of Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Moss, Ben Kingsley and Queen Elizabeth II.

The 130 piece exhibition is roughly divided between celebrities and his recent work which consists of British soldiers who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the photographs are in large formats and are in black and white and colour.

Winter 2015

 

The older I get the more readily I come to the conclusion that some people can do more than one thing quite successfully thank you very much. One example that…

La clé de fa, huile, 24 x 36 po

Josée La Roche

Heightened Sensitivity

Art in a Feminine Perspective

Josée La Roche was born in Quebec City in 1969. She is the oldest of three children. From a very young age, she becomes fascinated with drawing. In fact, many of her childhood memories relate to the pleasure of drawing and creating. As far back as she can remember, the arts were part of her life. She initially studies fashion design at Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy, followed by studies in commercial art. She then works in graphic design for a few years, until 2009, notably as specifier for architects and interior designers. Meanwhile, her constantly growing desire to express herself through art was becoming increasingly urgent.

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Josée La Roche was born in Québec City in 1969. She is the oldest of three children. From a very young age, she becomes fascinated with drawing. In fact, many of her…

QUEBEC CITY

Into India, at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, is running from October 9, 2014 to January 18, 2015. It consists of more than a hundred miniatures created during the Mogul Empire which lasted in India from the beginning of the 1500’s until just after 1700. Unfamiliar with our concept of perspective these artists work on a flat plane and the results are magnificent. The chances of ever seeing an exhibit like this in Canada again are rare, so if the subject interests you, now is your chance.

Still in Quebec City but this time over at the Musée de la civilisation you can take in Masters of Olympus, Treasures from the Greco Roman Collections of Berlin, which runs through to March 15, 2015. Over 160 masterpieces ranging from statues to sculptures, ceramics and jewelry are on display for the first time in North America. The pieces come from the Berlin Antiquity Museum which has one of the most prestigious collections of Greco Roman art in the world. As an added plus Hesiod and Homer discuss the Gods on the audiotape guide describing the exhibition.

Autumn 2014

 

Into India, at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec, is running from October 9, 2014 to January 18, 2015. It consists of more than a hundred miniatures…

QUEBEC CITY

Now winter in Quebec City is a different ball of wax entirely. For one thing you get a real winter and that’s becoming just a little difficult to arrange in these climate challenged days. Until February 16, 2014 The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism will be showing at the Musee national des beaux-art du Québec.

Quebec City is the only Canadian stop for this touring exhibition. The exhibit consists of 62 paintings, sculptures and graphic works and covers the field from Impressionism and post Impressionism to modernism. Works by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Paul Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Derain, Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon are on display.

Winter 2014

Now winter in Quebec City is a different ball of wax entirely. For one thing you get a real winter…