Clarence A. RCA
1881 - 1942
Born November 8, 1881 in Montreal Died January 5, 1942 in Montreal "I did not installed in Paris sensitivity of the misunderstood (......) Over there, I paint only Canadian, I dream in Canada. The pattern remains fixed in my mind and I do not let myself captivated by the charms of the landscape change. Switzerland, Scandinavia-everywhere, I recall my French Canada. »
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- Clarence Gagnon, 1931
Award-winning writer, outdoor enthusiast and advocate of Quebec crafts, Clarence Gagnon is best known for his landscapes of the Quebec countryside and illustrations from the novel by Louis Hemon's Maria Chapdelaine.
Gagnon was born in a small village in Quebec. Despite his Paris workshop training and it keeps it throughout his career, he never lost his love of the Laurentians and the Charlevoix region in eastern Quebec that will inspire her many paintings. It was his mother who feeds his early interest in drawing and, despite the desire of his father to see him a career in business, he began studying drawing and painting in 1897 at the age of 16 to William Brymner of the Art Association of Montreal.
His early paintings on rural themes bite businessman's interest and Montréal collector, James Morgan, who became his patron. Through monthly fees it pays him Gagnon can travel to Europe to study at the Académie Julian in Paris with Jean-Paul Laurens in 1904 and 1905. T OT in his career, it is distinguished by the quality of his prints . In 1905, he received an honorable mention at the Salon of French Artists Society of Paris.