Who Are the Most Famous Painters From Quebec?


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Two famous painters from Quebec are Paul-?mile Borduas (1905-1960), the prominent leader of a group of surrealist painters called the Automatists, and Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), one of Borduas? students who achieved international success. Other famous Qu?b?cois painters include Betty Goodwin, Marcel Barbeau, Alfred Pellan, Fran?oise Sullivan and Arthur Villenueve.

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Paul-?mile Borduas influenced the art world significantly during his lifetime, both as a teacher and as a leader of the Automatists. He was the primary writer of the Automatists? manifesto, ?La Refus Global,? which called for a rejection of societal values and norms that carried into group members? approaches to art. Borduas? influence was recognized by the Canadian government in 1977, when the state of Quebec named its Prix du Quebec (Quebec Prize) in visual arts after him, and in 1981, when Canada Post issued a postage stamp featuring his painting ?Sans titre no 6.?

Borduas? student Jean-Paul Riopelle also achieved international prominence and success. He won a 1958 Prix International Guggenheim award and was chosen to represent Canada at the 1962 Venice Biennale, where he won a UNESCO Award. Riopelle was inducted as a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1975 and earned a place on the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2000. In 2003 Canada Post issued two sets of stamps featuring parts of Riopelle?s painting "L'Hommage ? Rosa Luxemburg."

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