The Year 2010 at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke: Interpreting the Landscape

2010-01-06, from Member

Sherbrooke, Tuesday 5 January 2010 - Winter at the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is traditionally a season full of variety, including many activities relating to the exhibition programme as well as to the Soirée des beaux-arts – it’s a whirlwind taking over the museum, and the staff! Below are the main elements of our winter schedule, and a glimpse of exhibitions to come. We also take advantage of this communication to wish you a very happy New Year, and to thank you for your most valuable collaboration throughout 2009. Finally, you will note that the coming year features a number of exhibitions on the theme of landscape – appropriately, as 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the death of one of our most celebrated Eastern Townships landscape artists, Frederick Simpson Coburn. We will certainly be marking this anniversary.

Spaces and Landscapes

Thanks to a grant from the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine, the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke has been able to undertake the renewal of its permanent collection. This new exhibition allows visitors to appreciate the evolution of landscape art over time, from the panoramic views of earlier centuries to the dynamic concepts of contemporary art, and including the more personal vision of naïve artists. Landscape painting explores in a special way the links between nature and culture. It may depict a particular countryside, or evoke an imaginary scene, but it always inspires its viewers to a flight of fancy, a new point of view, an excursion in another world. Many important artists are represented here, including some from our region, and representatives of the next artistic generation. A special place is accorded to our own landscape painter, Frederick Simpson Coburn.

From 30 January to May 2010: Frederick Simpson Coburn

The Musée des beaux-arts presents this special exhibition to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of this celebrated local painter, focussing on the artist’s portrait paintings. The works are chosen from the museum’s own Coburn collection, the largest in Canada.

Frederick Simpson Coburn is best known in English Canada for his traditional rendering of winter scenes. We propose a different aspect of Coburn’s works, through an exhibition that reveals his mastery of the art of portraiture. Born in Upper Melbourne in the Eastern Townships, in 1871, Coburn published his first illustrations in The Dominion Illustrated, at the young age of 17. The following year, like most of his contemporaries, he travelled to Europe, where he studied at the Berlin Academy. His illustrations of the works of Louis-Honoré Fréchette, Charles Dickens, Lord Alfred Tennyson, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Browning and Washington Irving were published in Europe, in Canada and in the United-States. He also published regularly in McLure’s Magazine, Harper’s Weekly, Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Monthly Illustrator, Scribner’s Magazine and on the cover of Life magazine. The influence of his European education is evident in his drawings and studies of men, women and landscapes: a subtlety in presentation, a sensitivity in evocation and a profound respect for the subject. He died in his native village in 1960.

Frederick Simpson Coburn. Red Cariole with Houses in Background, 1937. Oil on canvas. Coll.: MBAS


From 24 January to 9 February: Works donated for the annual art auction, the Soirée des Beaux-arts.

The Soirée des Beaux-arts, an annual event in support of the Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke, will be held this year on Tuesday 9 February. The fifty or more works to be auctioned will be on display for visitors and potential buyers. M. Bertrand Lapalme will be present at the museum on Sunday 7 February, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., to help in making your choice. Among this year’s artists: Riopelle, Yves Trudeau, Monique Voyer, Jacques Barbeau and Patricia Barrowman.

… and later in 2010 (may be subject to change):

from mid-March to May 2010: Marc Boisvert

Marc Boisvert was born in Sherbrooke in 1939. He followed the cours classique at the seminaries of Sherbrooke and Joliette before enrolling at the École des Beaux-arts of Montréal, from which he obtained a diploma in sculpture and pedagogy in 1963. The following year, he continued his studies at the Montréal School of Architecture. His first exhibitions in Sherbrooke took place while he was still studying, and while he was organising the first open-air exhibition of sculpture in Québec. In 1963, with Serge Lemoyne, he founded the Bar des Arts in Montréal, home of the earliest manifestations of collective culture. During his career, his works would be shown in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia and Mexico. Both sculptor and painter, he was involved in a variety of artistic projects, one of which was the establishment of a smelter works for experimental art. He also became artistic counsellor for a film production house, and sound engineer for a film by André Forcier; he taught; he produced monumental sculptures including a tribute to the patriots at Saint-Denis sur Richelieu; he designed the set for La Charge de l’orignal épormyable, by Claude Gauvreau; he produced architectural models. At his early death in 1985, he had accumulated a dense, eclectic and accomplished body of work. The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is proud to devote an exhibition to this under-appreciated Sherbrooke artist, hoping to win him his due place in the history of Québec contemporary art.

From May to October 2010: Molinari. Morceaux choisis

This exhibition, produced by the Fondation Guido Molinari, provides a retrospective of the artistic adventures of the great painter Guido Molinari. Including some thirty paintings and drawings, Molinari. Morceaux choisis presents an introduction to the abundant and complex work of this artist, from his Paysage, done in 1947 when the artist was 13 years old, through the 50 years of his career until his death in 2004. The exhibition explores his use of colour in structuring and energising the surface of the painting. Molinari, who represented Canada at the Venice Biennial in 1968, was awarded the Paul-Émile Borduas prize in 1980.

From October 2010 to January 2011: Melissa Doherty

Melissa Doherty’s works challenge the way we perceive landscapes. Instead of looking out at deep, frontier space, as in the grand tradition of landscape painting, her paintings look down at very shallow spaces. The aerial view reflects a notion of landscape where we are above it, increasingly unconnected and distanced from it, changing and rearranging what we see. Her landscapes are designed and manipulated like an architectural model and are often seen as still-lives where the viewer is absorbed into the scene or the nature depicted. Melissa Doherty graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo. She was on the shortlist of 16 artists in 2002 at the RBC New Canadian Painting Competition. A recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, her work has been included in exhibitions at Queen's Park, the University of Toronto, Art Chicago, Scope Miami, and Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City. Melissa is a former member of the Red Head Collective, Toronto. Her work is represented in many private and public collections in Canada and the U.S, including the Royal Bank of Canada and the University of Toronto.

From October 2010 to January 2011: Maurice Cullen and His Circle

The exhibition Maurice Cullen and His Circle provides a unique opportunity to see works by Maurice Cullen (1866–1934) together with those of some of his contemporaries and the future generation of artists he inspired. Comprising nearly forty oil paintings selected from the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collection of Canadian Art, the exhibition examines works by Cullen alongside those of his contemporaries, including such artists as James Wilson Morrice and William Brymner. The show also features works by artists whom Cullen was known to have influenced, including his stepson Robert Pilot and the then future member of the Group of Seven A.Y. Jackson. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Maurice Cullen spent most of his adult life in Québec, where he began his artistic studies. In 1889 he was one of many aspiring young Canadian artists who left to study in Paris. Many of the works selected for this show have not been exhibited publicly for almost two decades. Curated by Crystal Susan Parsons, winner of the National Gallery’s 2006 Guest Curator Programme, Maurice Cullen and His Circle will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue.

The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke is located downtown, at 241 Dufferin Street. Visitors are welcomed from Tuesday to Sunday between noon and 5 p.m. Entrance fees: adult, $ 7.50; senior, $6; student, $5. Guided tours in English and group tours are available anytime upon reservation. Guided tours in French: every Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke receives financial support from le ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminine and from Sherbrooke City.


Source:
Lise Boyer
Communications Officer
819 821-2115
lboyer@mbas.qc.ca 
www.mbas.qc.ca

 
 

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