Sunday, February 24, 2013

Clarence Gagnon, a Québécois painter

Clarence Gagnon (1881 – 1942)

Katherine, 1904

Last Rays, la Piazzetta, Venice 1905

On the Rialto, Venice, 1911

Winter Solitude, circa 1908-1913

Daybreak, Lake Geneva, 1912-13

Lucille Rodier Gagnon, Olive and Edna Pretty at Sainte-Pétronille, Île d’Orléans, 1919

Farmstead, Baie-Saint-Paul - circa 1919-1924

Furrows on the Snow, circa 1919-1924

Village Street, Bair-Saint-Paul, circa 1919-1924

Evening on the North Shore, 1924

In the Baie St. Paul Valley, Charlevoix

Clarence Gagnon (8 November 1881 – 5 January 1942) was a Québécois painter.
A native of Montreal, he studied at the Art Association of Montreal in 1897. Early in life, his mother had encouraged him to learn drawing and painting, but his father wanted him to become a businessman.
Desiring to improve his knowledge about art, he went to the Académie Julian, Paris, and studied under Jean-Paul Laurens from 1904 to 1905.
He then lived in Baie-Saint-Paul, where he produced many paintings depicting nature and the Canadian people. He invented a new kind of winter landscape that consisted of mountains, valleys, sharp contrasts, vivid colours, and sinuous lines. He became a member of the Royal Academy of the Arts in 1910.
Gagnon took trips to Venice, Rouen, Saint-Malo and the Laurentians to paint landscapes. He illustrated the pages of the novel Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hémon. As well, he was the illustrator for Louis-Frédéric Rouquette in 1929 in the white silence. He lived inFrance from 1924 to 1936.
Gagnon advanced modernist painting within Canada. He died in 1942. One of his disciples is the painter René Richard.
Galerie Clarence Gagnon has a bust in his memory located in the city of Quebec.

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