Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Homage to Jean Paul Lemieux

Ottawa, Canada - October 20, 2004

Hommage à Jean Paul Lemieux 
The National Gallery of Canada is paying tribute to one of Canada’s most treasured artists with an exhibition to mark the hundredth anniversary of his birth. Homage to Jean Paul Lemieux, on view from 22 October 2004 until 2 January 2005, brings together more than 50 paintings and drawings by this remarkable Quebecois painter.

Jean Paul Lemieux was born in 1904 in Quebec City. By the time he passed away in 1990, at the age of 86, he had broadened the horizons of Canadian landscape painting with his distinctively stark and haunting images. While Lemieux’s earlier landscapes and genre scenes were influenced by the aesthetic of the Group of Seven and the American Social Realist painters, in the 1950s he defined his own vision in landscapes typified by their vast horizons and immensity of space.

“Jean Paul Lemieux was a remarkable artist who fixed in the minds of Canadians so many evocative images of this land, images Canadians have made their own,” says Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada. “So we are delighted to celebrate the centenary of his birth with this exhibition of many of those very images.”

Homage to Jean Paul Lemieux is organized by the National Gallery of Canada, and includes works from Canadian museums and private collections. After its presentation in Ottawa, the exhibition travels to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) in early 2005, and then to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ont.

Learn more about Jean Paul Lemieux and his art through the Bell Audioguide that complements the exhibition. Listen to the artist’s words and the music that filled his imagination.

The fully illustrated, bilingual exhibition catalogue was produced by the National Gallery of Canada in association with the MNBAQ and Galerie Lacerte. It features a contribution from the artist’s daughter, Anne-Sophie Lemieux, and an essay by Michèle Grandbois, Curator of Modern Art at the MNBAQ.

On Thursday 4 November at 6 p.m., art aficionados and wine lovers can make new friends and listen to soothing music as they enjoy Dreaming in Jean Paul Lemieux’s Landscapes. The evening offers the opportunity to discover the landscapes of Lemieux, and to taste Canadian wines and cheeses with local wine consultants Groovy Grapes. Cost: $35 (Friends $30). Register: 613.998.8888.

Gaëtan Brulotte, author of the book L’univers de Jean Paul Lemieux, presents Le monde selon Jean Paul Lemieux on Sunday 21 November at 2 p.m. In French with simultaneous translation.

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