Born on September 4th, 1874 in Montreal, Paul Caron (Paul-Archibald-Octave Caron) began his artistic formation at the J.-C. Spencer and Sons of Montreal as an ornamental stained glass designer. Subsequently, he studied drawing with Edmond Dyonnet and William Brymner as well as painting with the great Canadian Master Maurice Cullen at the Art Association of Montreal. From 1897 to 1908, he was a draftsman and than artistic director for the newpapers La Presse, Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night, Montreal Life and l'Album universel du Monde illustré. He made numerous drawing in pen and ink for those newpapers. Highly recognized for his rural landscapes and Canadian winter scenes, Paul Caron has illustrated several books of legends such as Helen and the Aphrodite and the Quebec Old and New Saguenay. Also, his winter scenes and his reproductions of buildings were produced on Christmas cards.
While his predilection themes are mainly traditional scenes, his artistic techniques are inspired by Art Nouveau and symbolism. To make his watercolours artworks, the artist uses only distilled water and high-quality materials to ensure the durability of his works.
His artworks are now sought after by museums such as the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, the Stewart Museum in Montreal, the Museum of Fine Art of Quebec, the Edmonton Art Gallery and much more.
Awards and Recognition:
1931 and 1936 : Jessie Dow Award
1939 : Royal Canadian Academy
Paul Caron died in Montreal in 1942.
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