- Yvonne Bolduc
Born: 1905 | Died: 1983
Yvonne Bolduc. Sculptor. Painter. Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix County, Quebec.
Yvonne Bolduc was born and grew up in Baie-St.-Paul in Quebec’s Charlevoix County. Largely self taught; Yvonne Bolduc learned wood carving from her father, made many of her early canvases from Burlap and most of her early paints from ‘as found’ materials including earth pigments and vegetable dyes found in the fields and gardens of the Charlevoix County country-side..
Yvonne Bolduc drew her inspiration from traditional Quebec scenes, the beautiful Charlevoix County and Quebec novels. ‘Maria Chapdelaine’ by Louis Hemon and ‘Un homme et son peche’ by Claude-Henri Grignon are among the best known influences. Yvonne Bolduc worked her images in ‘Seed Paintings” (literally sculpting the image in seeds and coloring them). And in paintings on hand made canvas (using Burlap) using her own hand-made oils and watercolors. Mlle Bolduc also carved in wood (Eastern White Pine), creating incredibly beautiful deep relief sculptures, some up to six feet long by two feet wide. The last are some of Quebec’s finest wood carvings as you will see in the examples shown below the article.
Yvonne Bolduc is one of Quebec’s most important naive artists of the 20th century. She was multi-disciplined, multi-talented and possessed a remarkable vision in all of them. Her sister was the painter Blanche Bolduc.
Creative instinct is something that cannot be taught but comes from the heart. This is the case with Blanche Bolduc. She began painting in 1966. Until then, she was content to help her sister Yvonne with her artwork. After her first summer working, she exhibited in Quebec and Chicoutimi, and her star has been shining every since. Blanche Bolduc loves painting Quebec scenes bringing them to life with people. Her paintings move us to a secret world full of intensity. One has to admire the transparent purity of the atmosphere in her landscapes, the harmonious burst of colours, and the detail in her back-grounds. The material, colours, and subject matter give an impression of quick-wittedness with a strong personal expression. Compositions like “Le temps des fêtes” succeed in presenting intense motion on a simple canvas. Tiny silhouettes are brought to life. The backgrounds are worked like low-reliefs and increase the fine lines of these interesting compositions. The paintings of Blanche Bolduc, their composition and shades of colours, should be described with words reserved for the masterpieces of the great masters. Her canvases are executed with as much consciousness and minuteness as theirs. Sometimes an artist’s knowledge and habits are nothing more than learned formulas, routines, and recipes. Blanche Bolduc does not use these methods. Her spirit is one of a master and her paintings are the proof.