Born in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in 1945 and passed away on September 15th, 2013 in Québec, Raymonde Duchesne was a poet and artiste since 1975.
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Self-taught painter, she painted her daily life, sketched on the spot. From her oils emanate a feeling of eternity, a unique time peculiar to the artist. An imaginary internal clock gives the work of Raymonde Duchesne an absolute calm, a tranquil serenity. A universe that is acquired and tamed with a silent sweetness.
It is difficult to dissociate the pictorial, sculptural and poetic quality of her work from what she was herself: refined candor, gentleness and beautiful serenity. Her entire work was devoted to the human figure, represented alone or grouped in static poses, like moments in time, on the thoughts and on the sometimes slightly naive images that we keep forever in diaries or souvenir albums. Genre paintings inspired by loved ones and simple still life, sometimes reminiscent of Modigliani or Lemieux for its mystery, sometimes Matisse for the reduced perspectives, express interiority. “My painting,” she wrote, “[is] a language, a resonance of what emerges from the human being and what lives around them.”