Contemporary Art | Gaston Rebry

Aux nord de shawnigan oc 12x16 web

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Aux Nord de Shawnigan

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 12x16 in.

About the Artist

Born in 1933 at Wevelgem in Belgium, Gaston Rebry attended the École des beaux-arts in Menin, Belgium, in 1952 and 1953 where he graduated. He also studied at the École des beaux-arts in Montréal in 1954-55.

By some enchanting way, water springs up from his brush, flowing amidst a blooming under-growth; the river swelling, whirling; the lake reflecting, or being tormented by a northern wind. A sudden inspiration transcends the gross substance, spreading out the foliage and decorating the canvas with pastoral blossoms. Thus, the mildness of summer reveals itself with rare intuition. On his palette, the gold of harvest is rightly subdued by the allegory of fall colours. The hillsides begin to shine, and ignite. The artist also captures that misty moment through which golden brown bushes penetrate, and where the glacial winds uproot the remanding leaves. Beyond this bareness, a painting is being created. The wintry countrysides of Gaston Rebry are mirrors of calmness and peace. Myriads of starry snowflakes fall on the forest, as this same snow banks up in the coldness. This poet of nature, stirred by the movement and rhythm of the flowing days and seasons, reincarnates the rustic area under the morning rays as well as under the last lights of a sunset. He adorns the Mauricie region with a new splendour; and the characters that he gives life, blend themselves well into these wonderful landscapes which never cease to hum.

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