René Richard (1895 - 1982)
Solitude, c. 1940
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
30,4 cm x 40,6 cm / 12'' x 16''
Signed lower left
Following a short stay in the Gaspésie National Park as a forest ranger, René Richard settled at 58 Saint-Jean Baptiste Street in Baie-Saint-Paul.
From this moment, the former trapper begins a decisive period for the rest of his artistic production. He performs a series of works that reflect the atmosphere and climate of the regions of Canada's Far North. This series is probably the most important of his career, considering that the artist builds a bank of images and patterns that will not leave his compositions decades later.
Trappers and their encampments, acicular trees and rugged mountains emerge from scenes like Solitude (circa 1940). The color used by the artist in his drawings recalls the vegetation and the atmospheric effects of the northern regions. Richard's chosen motifs, colorful nuances and feverish pencil help to convey his memories of his former nomadic life.
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