Jacques de Tonnancour Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1917 - 2005)

Jacques Godefroy de Tonnancour was one of the most important Quebec and Canadian contemporary painters. He studied at the former École des Beaux-Arts du Québec starting in 1937, and worked in Rio de Janeiro 1945-1946.

From his early works in Laurentian landscapes, he evolved into an abstract style influenced by his friends Alfred Pellan, Paul-Émile Borduas, and Goodridge Roberts. His manifesto, Prisme d'yeux, was published in 1948 with Pellan's support; it diverged from the influential Refus global, published around the same time. He was the Canadian delegate to a UNESCO conference in Florence in 1950. He taught at the École des Beaux-Arts, and at UQAM after the École became part of it, from 1969 to 1982.

He was awarded a medal by the Canada Council in 1968, became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979), won the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste's Philippe-Hébert medal in 1980, and was made an Officer of the Ordre du Québec in 1993. He has received honorary degrees from McGill and Concordia universities, and is a professor emeritus of UQAM.

After 1981, he moved away from the art world to undertake the study of insects, a childhood interest, and published a book, Les insectes: monstres ou splendeurs cachées, in 2002; it won the Prix Marcel-Couture.

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Autumn Woods
Franklin Carmichael
oil on panel (12x9.75 in) 1925
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Untitled
Edwin Holgate
watercolour (14.75x17.5 in) 1925
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Seriel, Ocre, Bleu
Guido Molinari
acrylic on canvas (60x24 in) 1968
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Fickle March
Frank Johnston
oil (20x24 in) 1928
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Mamalilicoola, B.C. 71/100
Walter Joseph Phillips
colour woodcut (12x14 inch) 1928
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Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia
Stanley Royle
oil on panel (16x20 inch) 1937
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Harvesting with horse - Saskatchewan
William Kurelek
mixed media (9x31.5 in) 1966
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Four Men Singing
Allen Sapp
Acrylic (24x36 in) 1981
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Phillip Frank is Cutting Wood
Allen Sapp
Oil (25x35.75 in) 1972
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Early Settlement Days
Frederick Sproston Challener
oil (21x25 in) 1932
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