Marcelle Ferron

Canadian artist, RCA , Automatist

Marcelle Ferron

The Quebec painter, Marcelle Ferron was born in 1924 in Louiseville, Quebec and died in 2001 in Montreal. A Quebec painter, signatory of the global refusal in 1948, she became an important figure in contemporary art in Quebec. She began to exhibit in 1949 and moved to Paris in 1953. For 13 years she devoted herself to drawing and painting while working with glass under the direction of Michel Blum. In 1957, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him a scholarship and represented the country in 1961 at the Sao Paulo Biennale. After a long stay in France, the painter returned to Quebec in 1966 under the encouragement of her artist friend Jean-Paul Mousseau, who praised her the openings for public art that Quebec offered with the Universal Exhibition and the construction of the subway in Montreal. In those same years, she realized the glass roof of the metro station Champs-de-Mars in Montreal. Moreover, from 1967 to 1974, Marcelle Ferron devoted herself only to glass roofs passing through prisons, town halls, two subway stations, the Granby courthouse, of which she was the most proud. From 1967 to 1969, Marcelle Ferron taught architecture at Laval University and then visual art until 1988. She was received at the Royal Academy of Canada in 1972.

She participated throughout her career at numerous exhibitions including the Salon du Printemps of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1964 and Borduas and the automatists at the National Gallery of the Grand Palais de Paris in 1971.


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