Born in Baie St. Paul, Quebec, 1920
Death : Chicoutimi, Quebec, 1973
A renowned folk painter, Marie-Cecile Bouchard was encouraged and guided in her work by her older sister, Simone-Mary, who showed her how to paint at 18. Like her sisters, the artist was a painter of genre scenes, traditional Québecois interiors and representations of rural life. Her work was shown in Brazil in 1945, where she was hailed as a great ‘primitive’ artist and her paintings celebrated for their unsophisticated technique and poignant, touching qualities. Collectors from all over the world acquired her canvasses. However, Marie-Cécile’s faith, evidenced by her frequent choice of religious subject matter, eventually overcame her desire to paint, and she entered the Sisters of Sainte-Antoniennes de Marie Convent in Chicoutimi in 1947. Her artistic activities ceased for 22 years until, in the last two years of her life, she made 30 copies of her own paintings. Following her death, an appeal was made to keep these copies together as a single collection.MédiasPaintingLieux de conservation des dossiers et archivesArt Gallery of Ontario – Edward P. Taylor Research Library and ArchivesMontreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QCMusée d’art contemporain de Montréal, QC – Media CentreNational Gallery of Canada, ON – Library and ArchivesUniversity of British Columbia – Fine Arts LibraryVancouver Art Gallery, BC – LibraryMusée de Charlevoix, QCLeonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, QCCanadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QCCanadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QCBIBLIOGRAPHIE
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