Armand Vaillancourt

Canadian, Sculptor and Painter, Ordre National du Québec, Paul-Emile Borduas Price

Armand Vaillancourt
Armand Vaillancourt, a painter and sculptor, born in Black Lake, Quebec in 1929. He entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Montreal in 1951, feeling cramped and decided to release his art to the street. It is in this perspective that in 1953, he carved the Tree of La rue Durocher in Montreal. Tree which at the time was destined to be cut by the authorities of the city, Vaillancourt seizes and creates an urban work. Through this creation, Vaillancourt offers the Quebec people an artistic performance that marks still today.

The artist subsequently created major works such as Je me Souviens in Toronto or Écran d'acier in Ottawa. In 1971, Armand Vaillancourt executed his most famous work, Québec Libre! , in San Francisco which was the subject of many controversies at the time.

Other urban works are visible in Quebec such as Intemporel in Chicoutimi or more recently the Coeur des Iles, in the Magdalen Islands.

Armand Vaillancourt won the Paul-Emile Borduas Award in 1993 and became a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec in 2004.

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