Friday, June 17, 2016

A Meticulous Dreamer: The Art of Jean Dallaire

Jean Dallaire was a Québécois painter who worked in Canada and France between the 1930s and 1960s. He was stylistically diverse, influenced by Italian theatre, mythological figures, Surrealism, synthetic Cubism, and Art brut.

Jean Dallaire, Le Propriétaire, 1953, oil on canvas.
Collection of Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Jean Dallaire, Odile, 1957, oil on masonite. Purchase from Harriette J. MacDonnell,
Bequest to the Collection of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
 The exhibition Tribute to Dallaire opened on June 9 (which would have been Dallaire’s 100th birthday) at the Montcalm Gallery in Gatineau, Quebec. It shows work created in the province of Quebec: a house and clothesline in Roberval, a Luskville landscape, Dallaire’s young wife Marie-Thérèse and Le Messager, painted in France in 1965.

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