Rue de village, Baie-St-Paul
RENÉ RICHARD (1895 - 1982)
Rue de village, Baie-St-Paul , c. 1942
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Oil on canvas
54 cm x 69,8 cm / 21,5'' x 27,5''
Signed lower right
The 1940s are central to René Richard's work. This is a moment when the artist tries to define its own aesthetic. Divided between the teachings of Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942) and his experience as a self-taught painter, the former trapper seeks to make the best of both parties in his compositions from the beginning of this period.
Painted many times by Clarence Gagnon, St. Joseph Street is one of the oldest in the city. Here, the tumultuous brushstroke, vibrant colors and angular lines announce the development of a pictorial aestheticism that will confirm Richard's style in subsequent years.
For this artwork of 1942, the artist uses the canvas. More used to paint on panels, the artworks on canvas are unusual in his work. Indeed, shortly before Richard leaves Paris to return to Canada, Clarence Gagnon offers him a roll of canvas. From then on, the self-taught painter begins to practice on this support on a few rare occasions.
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