Paul-Vanier Beaulieu

Canadian artist , R.C.A.

Paul-Vanier Beaulieu

Canadian artist Paul Vanier Beaulieu was born on March 24, 1910 in Montreal on the Carré Saint-Louis. Coming from a wealthy family, the young Paul is introduced to art by the great interest his parents had for the subject. He began his studies at the Montreal School of Fine Arts with Stanley Cosgrove and Jean-Paul Lemieux. He left for France in 1938, to take inspiration from the great artistic movements of the time. There he meets Pablo Picasso, whom he will visit regularly at his workshops. He began his Parisian studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, which he left after a year, attracted by contemporary art of the time.

The war interrupts the Parisian discoveries of the young artist, with his brother Claude, Paul Vanier Beaulieu becomes a civilian prisoner, as Jean Dallaire during a period of 4 years. This internment did not prevent him from creating sublime works that would be called the "St-Denis period", the name of the prison he was imprisoned in. He returned to Quebec in 1945, where he organized an exhibition of his works and painted initiative in 1947. The call of Europe is felt again and the artist returns to Paris the same year.He then begins a period of active and thriving creation that allows him to have a second Parisian exhibition in 1949 In 1951, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris acquired a painting by Paul-Vanier Beaulieu, entitled Still Life with the Yellow Bottle.

Well known for still lifes, Paul-Vanier Bealieu returned to 1953-54 to the human representation in his paintings, subject he had exploited during the years of imprisonment. Thus, the production of the painter brought clowns, acrobats and jugglers among others.

In 1958, he starred with his Canadian compatriots Alfred Pellan and Jean-Paul Riopelle at the exhibition "Trois peintres canadiens" at the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, although he is on the other side of the world. Ocean, the works of Paul-Vanier Beaulieu are exhibited in Montreal thanks among others to Max Stern of the Dominion gallery which will represent it exclusively over a period of 10 years.

At the beginning of the 1960s, the artist Paul-Vanier Bealieu experimented with abstraction during his travels in Provence. He returned to Quebec permanently in 1973 and moved to the Laurentians.

Beaulieu was constantly researching and experimenting with all genres and mediums. His career can be divided into several periods in which he explores a specific theme, a technique, an in-depth approach. He went from figurative symbolism, to oil and watercolor, to abstract still lifes. Beaulieu is a real alchemist, his constant quest and his quest for an ideal style is the insatiable thirst that attracts his energy and soothes his passion. In fact, it is this formidable versatility that makes Beaulieu a unique and unique artist

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