RCA (Royal Canadian Academy)
Canadian Grand Master painter, Marcel Barbeau is an automatist painter born in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in 1925 (died in 2016) . Between 1942 and 1947, he studied furniture design at the École du Meuble de Montréal. With his art teacher, contemporary painter Paul-Émile Borduas, he initiated himself to art, particularly modern art, and discovered his artistic calling. Marcel Barbeau participated in all activities of the group Automatist, a multidisciplinary artistic movement with social resonances inspired of surrealism and he signed the manifesto "Refus Global" published in 1948.
“The artistic career of Marcel Barbeau has more than 70 years of creation. Painter, sculptor, dancer, performer, his contribution to our history of recent art and in our modernity is undeniable. And goes far beyond the automatist period. His pictorial and spatial language is modulated over time in a variety of formal and chromatic research which still enriches his entire approach. Indeed. Looking back, we observe the tremendous diversity that characterizes his long artistic reflection. A journey that, without the abstract, goes as far as the aesthetic dimension.
Original, daring, a great lover of dance and contemporary music, Marcel Barbeau never stayed in his comfort zone. Over the years and periods, he constantly kept abreast of new territories of creation.
Winner in 2013 of the Paul-Émile-Borduas prize, the highest award for a visual artist in Quebec, Marcel Barbeau is undoubtedly one of the greatest artists of our modernity still alive. Moreover, recent years have been particularly fertile in all kinds of awards, and across the country."
He is a true creator who is always looking for new forms and new ways of expression marked by intuition and experimentation. His mastery of colours, lines, forms of space and great sensitivity make him one of Canada's grand masters of abstract art in Canada. From 1958 and from 1974 and 1991 to 1996, he lives and works in the United States and in Europe.
The years 1980 to 1984 are among the most colourful. The artist says: "I tart with the primary colours, and I emphasize with secondary and tertiary." His paintings are often composed of contrasting colours (white, blue, gray, yellow, pink, green, orange, etc.).
The Quebec painter’s works will be featured in several exhibitions in Canada, the United States and Europe. These works of art are among several major museum collections, private and public, such as the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the British Museum (London), the Chrysler Art Gallery (Norfolk), the Museum of Fine Arts Lyon (Lyon), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Quebec), the Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal (Montreal), the Museum of Fine Arts Canada (Ottawa), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), etc.
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