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Fernand Leduc is a Canadian artist born in Montreal in 1916. He began his studies in art at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal. Leduc encountered Paul-Emile Borduas in 1941 and then joined the Automatiste movement, including artists such as Jean-Paul Riopelle, Paul-Émile Borduas and Françoise Sullivan. Leduc signed the Refus Global in 1948.
In the mid-1940s, Leduc met André Breton and joined him in Paris in 1947.
He returned to Montreal in 1956, and with Pierre Gauvreau, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Jean-Paul Mousseau and Francoise Sullivan, founded the Montreal Association of Non-figurative Artists.
Beginning in the 1950s, Fernand Leduc shared his life in France and Italy, and it was not until much later that he returned to Canada.
He received the highest distinction in Quebec for an artist, the Paul-Emile Borduas Award, and in 2007, he received the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts.
Fernand Leduc has been a predominant figure of abstract art in Quebec since the 1950s.