Portraits and representations of characters punctuate the work of Jean Philippe Dallaire in two stages. During the first period, until the 1950s, the artist paid particular attention to the faithful representation of his subject. With regard to the medium used, the art historian and curator Michèle Grandbois emphasizes that the use of gouache testifies "[...] a brilliant mastery of [this] technique and the importance that he gives him all his life as a painter. This unusual valorization of the gouache still reflects its independence "1.
Beyond the artistic currents of the post-war period, Dallaire does not claim any school of thought. Independent, he pursues an individual artistic quest, away from academic concerns. In the 1950s, the artist contributed greatly to the emergence of the new figurative painting.
1. Legendre-De Koninck, H. (1999). Dallaire, the Independent / Dallaire Conservative retrospective exhibition: Michèle Grandbois Musée du Québec from June 2 to August 29, 1999. Vie des arts, 43 (175), 36.
Jean-Philippe Dallaire (1916 - 1965)
Cosner Art Gallery - Montreal
Gouache sur papier
Post-War Canadian art
18,4 x 20,9 cm | 7,2'' x 8,2''
Dimensions with frame
41,9 x 44,5 cm | 16,5'' x 17,5''
Signed and dated lower left