Marcel Barbeau

Canadian artist, RCA, Automatiste

Marcel Barbeau

The canadian painter, Marcel Barbeau was born in Montreal February 18, 1925
It was Paul-Émile Borduas who introduced him to modern art at the École du cabinet. From 1945 to 1953 he attended the staff workshop of Borduas. During this period, he established a studio in a shed at the back of St-Hubert street. He shared this makeshift studio with Riopelle, and were frequently joined by Mousseau. This studio eventually created hype and became famous, it was known as ''the alley workshop’'.
Apart from being a prominent painter and sculptor, he was also interested in printmaking, photography and performance, he created several public works. In 1948 he was a signatory of the Refus global. In constant search of new forms and modes of expression, Barbeau’s work kept on evolving rapidly. From 1958 to 1974, he lived and worked outside of Quebec; during this period Vancouver, Paris, New York, and Southern California were considered his home. In 1991, he was again divided between Montreal, Pointe-au-Pic and Paris, till his definite return to Montreal in 2008. Marcel Barbeau died in 2016.

Photo credit , portrait of Marcel Barbeau: Marcel Barbeau Foundation


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