Historic Art | Leon Bellefleur R.C.A.

Nocturne 1967 oc 19

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Nocturne, 1967

Technique: oil on canvas

Dimensions: 19.25x24 in.

About the Artist

Described by Paul Duval as a bridge between the prevailing influences of Paul Emile Borduas and Alfred Pellan, Montreal -born Léon Bellefleur is remembered for his richly textured abstractions and a historically precocious sense of fantasy. After receiving his teaching diploma in 1929 Bellefleur enrolled in evening classes at the Ecole des Beauxs-arts de Montreal until 1938 where he developed an inclination for surrealist ideas and techniques. These interests were heightened in the 1940s through his close association with Pellan, and in 1948 Bellefleur signed the manifesto Prisme d’yeux, exhibiting regularly with this short lived group. In 1953 Bellefleur joined the Automatiste movement spearheaded by the notorious Paul Emile Borduas. A relationship which exposed him to automatic writing and drawing. Much time was spent in France in the 1950s studying engraving and during a later trip he submersed himself deeply in the ideas of surrealist founder Andre Breton. The National Gallery of Canada mounted a retrospective of Bellefleur’s work in 1968 and in 1977 he became the first artist to receive the Prix Borduas. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Concordia in 1987 and appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy in 1989.
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