Kittie Bruneau


Kittie Bruneau

Born in Montreal in 1929. After studying visual arts, she left Quebec for Paris in 1950. A decade later, when she returned to her native land, she began her first exhibitions.

Her style, unique and associated with no particular movement, is recognized by its vibrant colors, dynamic, sometimes even brutal but still alive.  In her production, works from the series of masks remain among the most sought after. The ovoid shapes, inspired by primitive cultures, populated the artist's imagination, constantly looking for symbols halfway between the imaginary, the surrealism and her way of expressing an idea of ??the human being.
Her personal style may seem elemental or simplistic, like drawings of children influenced by naive art, but it is not so. The reason for this simplification of form is to transmit to the viewer the emotions he wants to share.
Her approach is also inspired by the European artistic movement Cobra, born in Paris in 1948, which encourages the "experimental organic collaboration" and the renunciation of any theoretical school in art in force at the time.
"The exuberance of colors and the marked arabesque of lines, the proliferation of animal representations, the almost childish graphic image of bodies and the suggestion of half-human masks help to create a festive atmosphere at work. even carnival, which seems to have a dream " (Free translation. Bernard Paquet (1995). "Kittie Bruneau: Le carnaval des mythologies", Vie des arts, Vol. 39, No. 158, p. 49-55).

Recognized by the Prix des Affaires culturelles du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts, we can find his work in the collection of the Musée des Beaux-Arts du Québec and the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.

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