PAUL-VANIER BEAULIEU (1910 - 1996)
Two portraits, 1954
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on canvas
55,9 cm x 66 cm / 22" x 26"
Signed and dated lower left
Paul-Vanier Beaulieu is an artist who did not follow the same path as those Quebec compatriots of the same period. Having spent much of his life in France, the painter is inspired by the European artistic currents more than what happens on the other side of the ocean. He was impregnated with the great masters he frequented such as Rouault and Picasso.
However, this effervescence was interrupted by the Nazi threat of the 1940s. Moreover, Paul-Vanier Beaulieu was made a civilian prisoner for four years. This captivity will be felt in these works of the post-war period.
In the work presented here, two figures that Beaulieu more and more often represents in the 50s, are positioned side by side. These human representations have a sad and melancholic look, but in contrast these are placed in a colorful and living decor. The author Lefebvre wrote in the biography of Paul-Vanier Beaulieu: "But the artist does not take pleasure in gray and anecdote, and the passion for color is an excellent outlet. In these traces, these patterns, those colorful values ??that come to life in the composition of the painting. "