Les sylphes, Série 1/7
Léon Bellefleur (1910 - 2007)
Les sylphes, Série 1/7, 1959
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Gouache sur papier
Post-War Canadian art
Artwork dimensions : 48,2 x 33 cm / 19'' x 13'' Dimensions with frame : 73,6 x 60 cm / 29'' x 23 3/4''
Signed and dated 59 lower right, titled lower left
Price upon request
Léon Bellefleur saw a turning point in his career as an artist from the year 1957, his works became brighter and the use of the spatula began to appear in his creations. He was one of the first recipients of the Canada Council for the Arts grant, which appeared the same year. This grant will be used by the artist to finance his trip to France in 1958, from where he worked to create lithographs at the Desjobert workshop and to spend time in Aix-en-Provence alongside Roland Giguère and Mimi Parent. . He even settled in the very famous Château Noir so often painted by Paul Cézanne.
These months spent in the south of France, will lead the artist to explore his interest in esotericism. Moreover, the title of the work, the Sylphs, are air spirits in Gallic, Celtic and Germanic mythologies. Léon Bellefleur will say: For a long time I have been doing gouaches and watercolors, between my drawings and paintings, and all of this gets mixed up, complements, holds together, - but I have a weakness for my gouaches, which often seem to me to render better what I dream of. "
- Source: ROBERT, Guy, Bellefleur or fervor at work, Editions Iconia, Montreal, 1988, page 145.