Campement et trappeurs
René Richard (1895 - 1982)
Campement et trappeurs, 1940
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
10 1/4" x 9 1/2" / 26 cm x 24,1 cm
Signed and dated 1940 lower right
During the 1940s, drawing is René Richard's main artistic activity. The many canoe-camping trips he makes aboard his boat Le Solitaire are for him the opportunity to relax and discover the coastal villages of the St. Lawrence River. The medium of colored pencils on the paper support is an effective way for the artist to work on compositions, shapes and colors, whether in nature or in studio.
The camp scenes featuring characters in action allow the artist to develop compositions that take into account the realities associated with living in the forest. Not only do they reflect her most recent experiences, but they also refer to the events that marked her former trapper life.
For more than twenty-five years, René Richard surveyed the territories in the north and the west of Canada with the aim of practicing in the fur trade. The trap, the travels, the freedom, the solitude and the wilderness are recurring themes in the works of this exceptional artist.
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