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Lemieux, Jean Paul

(1904—1990)


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(1904–90). After studies at the Montreal School of Fine Arts and the Colarossi Academy in Paris, Lemieux taught painting, first in Montreal but mainly at the Quebec School of Fine Arts (1937–65). In paintings such as La Fête-Dieu à Québec (1944), he commented ironically on the deeply Catholic and conformist society of Quebec in the 1940s. A Canada Council grant gave him the opportunity to travel in France in 1954–5, and when he returned he saw the Canadian landscape as no one had seen it before him: vast expanses of snow, a small prairie with ‘a road that leads nowhere’, low horizons, grey sky. But Lemieux insisted that he was not only a landscape painter. He loved to paint the people of Quebec, sometimes in front of the vast spaces in his landscapes. Immensely popular, Lemieux was much honoured during his lifetime, with retrospectives at the National Gallery of Canada in 1967 and the Musée du Québec in 1991.

From The Oxford Companion to Canadian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: History of the Americas.


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