1939 - 2012
Paul-Henri Duberger was born in Matane in 1939. He began his professional life as a Professor of Psychology at Laval University, but he was also attracted to the arts and, painting. He painted all the while during his teaching career and upon retirement, he dedicated himself full time to his art.
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He passed away in Quebec City and is considered to be the last impressionist artist of a group of artists belonging to the school of painters of Quebec landscapes. Guided by Francesco Iacurto RCA and Maurice LeBon, he produced his first brushstrokes. Given his interest for the History of Art, he discovered the renowned artist Emile Gruppe, he departed for the coastal waters of New England to pursue his training. Glouster and the surrounding area greatly inspired his work and he returned annually over several years to further explore the area and produce great works of art. He liked to paint traditional scenes and in his own words, ''one day these images will not be there, and people will remember them through paintings or photographs''. His mastery of colour and his approach to his subjects have charmed art enthusiasts over many decades.
''Paul-Henri Duberger is an Impressionist, and when he paints on canvas or other media, it is an impression, it is what he sees…we can feel his soul in his art. The work is a symphony, a gush of colour flowing with broad and determined brushstrokes. His brushstrokes bring to the forefront his assuredness and natural talent. He does not retouch his works too often as the weather and the milieu are rather differcult, time is of the essence to capture the image and as such he will often repair to his studio to finish the work.'' - Paul Moore (Magazin Art 2001 no.14)
Magazin’Art, Biennial Directory of Canadian Painters in Galleries, 2004-2005 and years before; Magazin’Art, winter edition 2001, article p.72, 104 ; Peintres du Québec (book), Roussan, ed; Les secrets du marché de la peinture (book), La Palette ed., 1993.
1980 1st price, La Farandole, Sillery, QC
2002 Sarcelle Étain price, Canards Illimités, Canada
2004 President of the jury at the St-Germain de Kamouraska Symposium, QC
2004 Guest artist at the Symposium of St-Germain de Kamouraska, where he also gave a lecture.
Ambassador of the United States to Canada; National bank of Canada; Circle of the Garrison, Quebec; Montebello Castle; The Provigo Group; Lépine-Cloutier; A. Gagnon Metro; Nurun; Société Générale de Financement du Québec; Desjardins Insurance Group; Ondéo-Degrèmond, Montreal; Bonhams 1793 Ltd., London, England; St-Amour and Ass., Montreal; Sogique inc.