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Hébert, Adrien

Hébert, Adrien


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Adrien Hébert, painter (b at Paris, 12 April 1890; d at Montréal 26 June 1967). Son of sculptor Louis Philippe Hébert (1850-1917) and of Maria-Emma-Cordélia Roy (1856-1942). His childhood was spent as much in Canada as in France, his father having been commissioned to create a series of sculptures to adorn the facade of the Parliament Buildings in Québec City. From 1902 to 1911, he attended Montréal’s Conseil des arts and manufactures, taking courses from Edmond Dyonnet (1859-1954), Joseph-Charles Franchière (1866-1921) and Joseph Saint-Charles (1866-1956). He also studied under William Brymner (1855-1925) at the Art Association of Montréal, which later became the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (see Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal).

The Early Beginnings

Adrien Hébert’s artistic career may be said to have begun in 1909 when he exhibited for the first time at the AAM’s Salon du printemps, a venue that regularly featured his works up until 1954. From 1910 to 1960 his paintings were shown at the annual exhibitions of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1916, he mounted a show at the Saint-Sulpice Library in Montréal with his sculptor brother, Henri Hébert (1884-1950), and in 1918 he also collaborated with his brother to publish Le Nigog, a review advocating modern literary and painterly aesthetics in opposition to the regional modes prevailing in Québec.

A Style Recalling Cézanne

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