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[PHOTO] Eleven photos from the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Montréal’s Musée des beaux-arts has much to see apart from the temporary exhibitions like Focus : Perfection. To avoid become overly swamped, we concentrated on the Canadian gallery, its four levels filled with works–paintings, sculptures–from different eras in Québec and Canadian history.

“Untitled (Two Caribou)”, from Nunavut, is indicative of the high caliber of the works in the Inuit display.

Untitled (Two Caribou)

There were plenty of markers of Québec history, like the 1811 statue of the Virgin Mary attributed to Joseph Pepin.

The Virgin Mary, 1811, attributed to Joseph Pepin

François Malépart de Beaucourt’s 1786 Portrait d’une femme haïtienne is eye-catching, for its subject matter and the tissue of human relations–between people, across oceans–that it hints at.

Portrait d'une femme haïtienne, François Malépart de Beaucourt

The landscapes of Marc-Aurèle Fortin, whether of rural Gaspésie or of Montréal, are luminous. I need to know more about this painter.

Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Paysage de Gaspésie: Anse-aux-Gascons

Marc-Aurèle Fortin, Commencement d'orage sur Hochelaga

Ozias Leduc’s L’heure mauve is also striking.

Ozias Leduc, L'heure mauve

There were also works of the Group of Seven, like the assemblage of six smaller paintings by different artists I saw or Lawren Harris’ larger Log Cabin.

Six paintings of the Group of Seven

Lawren S. Harris, Log Cabin

Two early 20th century Montréal-based artists, Marian Scott with her Stairway and Henry Rowland Eveleigh with his The Fortune Teller, also caught my interest.

Marian Scott, Stairway

Henry Rowland Eveleigh, The Fortune Teller

Finally, at the end, I was interested to see another painting by Rita Letendre, Kochak. I had seen a couple of her canvas in the Art Gallery of Ontario

Rita Letendre, Kochak

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Written by Randy McDonald

January 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

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