1924 - 2001
Marcelle Ferron was born in 1924 and died in 2001 in Montreal. She studies at the École des beaux-arts in Quebec City. She is luckily the student of the great painter Jean-Paul Lemieux but she is expulsed of the school et decides to move in Montreal. Ferron meets artists of the automatist group and is one of the signatories of the legendary Manifeste du Refus Global in 1948.
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Her first exhibition takes place at the Librairie Tranquille in 1949, in Montréal. She moves to Paris in 1953 and stays there for thirteen years. During those years, she participates to a lot of exhibitions. Thrown out of France in 1966 for her divergent political opinions and her association with an opponent to the Franco regime, she comes back in Quebec. She teaches at the Laval university and works at the same time on the project of the glasshouse of the metro station Champs de Mars in Montreal. This piece is considered as one of her masterpieces.
RCA painter, Ferron had a great career and participated to many important solo and collective exhibitions. The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal makes a retrospective of her whole career in 2000.