1866 - 1921
Born in Montreal on March 4th, 1866, Joseph-Charles Franchère studied art with the Abbot Chabert and the painter and decorator François-Xavier-Édouard Meloche. He continued his education in Paris in 1888, where he studied at the Académie Julian and the Colarossi Studio before being accepted at the Beaux-arts in 1890.
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Academically trained artist, he specialised in paintings idealizing the rural life and in pieces inspired by the symbolism. His artwork was shown in the universal exhibits of Chicago (1893), Buffalo (1901) and St-Louis (1904).
During this period, he painted murals for several churches in Quebec, he notably realized three big paintings for Notre-Dame du Sacré-Coeur’s chapel in the Basilic Notre-Dame in Montreal. He also taught at the Conseil des arts et manufacture and at the National Monument and did the illustrations for several of Abbot Lionel Groulx’s books.