Étude pour le Grand Silence Blanc

Clarence Alphonse Gagnon (1881 - 1942)

Étude pour le Grand Silence Blanc, vers 1928

  • Gallery

    Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal

  • Medium

    Mixed media

  • Time

    Canadian Moderns

  • Dimensions

    5,5'' x 5'' / 14 x 12,7 cm

  • Signed

    Atelier Clarence Gagnon's stampe lower left

From 1925 to 1928, Clarence Gagnon stayed again in Paris and devoted entirely to the illustration of Louis-Frédéric Rouquette's novel: Le Great Silence Blanc (1928). This story of adventure recounts the physical and moral loneliness of individuals in the face of the immensity and hostility of the Canadian North.

This mixed technique was used as a study by Clarence Gagnon some time before the final illustration for page 30 of Rouquette's book. In the pages that precede the work, the reader can read a description of the landscape made by the protagonist of the novel: "While waiting for the day to take revenge and devour the night, it is necessary to stock up on wisdom and philosophy. The landscape interests me by its novelty. I am, out of the city, on a height, in a hut made of logs of assembled fir trees, which holds much more perch than human habitation. The city and the river unfold at my feet a white symphony, where, in places, the firs put a dark green spot. 1

Louis-Frédéric Rouquette, 1928, The Great White Silence: Alaskan lived novel, Paris: Mornay, p. 28


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