Mr. Godmer Portrait

Joseph Charles Franchère (1866 - 1921)

Mr. Godmer Portrait

  • Gallery

    Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Time

    Fine Canadian Art

  • Dimensions

    56 cm x 43 cm / 22'' x 17''

  • Signed

    Signed lower right, titled on verso

Asking price: CAD $ 6,500 plus applicables taxes

Like many artists of his generation, Joseph-Charles Franchère went to Paris to study at the Académie Julian and the Académie Colarossi in 1888. He acquired an academic technique and executed his paintings in the European way, although his subjects are on the theme of the terroir.
In this painting, Franchère presents a thoughtful old man, quietly smoking his pipe in the company of his dog. Everything suggests that the man is the pioneer of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson Francois Lecour-Godmer. The latter settled in the Laurentians with his wife Marie-Louise Robert in 18701. From this union will be born nine children. Lecour and Godmer are among the founding families of this region.
In this portrait, Franchère positions his model in an atmosphere where the light is diffused and warm. An impression of proximity is reinforced by the frontal position of the subject. The gaze of the latter goes to meet the viewer and the frame tightens around the man. The bright and intelligent eyes of the old man are highlighted by the neat touch of the artist.

1. Gilles David, 2014, « D’autres familles de souche: les Lecours », Chroniques historiques : Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson URL :

Portrait of Mr. Godmer of Ste-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, Quebec

Provenance: Private collection Montreal

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