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Clarence Gagnon: An Introduction to His Life and Art [Paperback]

Anne Newlands
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Aug. 16 2005

Born in 1881 in a small village north of Montreal, Clarence Gagnon is best known for his paintings of sun-drenched winter landscapes and for the colorful illustrations for Louis Hémon's novel, Maria Chapdelaine.

Clarence Gagnon: An Introduction to His Life and Art is a richly illustrated, insightful look at a complex individual.

Despite living in France for much of his adult life, Gagnon's love for his native Quebec is evident in his art. His simple, realistic style of painting captures the old traditions and peaceful rural splendor of Quebec's Laurentian Mountains and Charlevoix region at the end of the 19th century.

The book traces Gagnon's early life and influences, examining his career as an illustrator and his development as an artist. Included here are excerpts from Gagnon's personal letters, which reveal his astute observations of life, art and politics.

Liberally illustrated with Gagnon's sublimely executed paintings -- many never before published together in one volume -- Clarence Gagnon is a superb tribute to an international artist who always remained passionate about his simple origins.


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A valuable resource for art history classes. (Gail Lennon Resource Links 2006-02-00)

Visually, this book is a treat... fine color reproductions.... an ideal way to begin an acquaintance with a much-admired and influential figure in early twentieth-century Canadian art. Highly Recommended. (Ann Stinner CM Magazine 2006-04-16)

Substantive [and] succinct ... full of delightful paintings that celebrate eastern Quebec's "rural architecture and rural traditions." [Gagnon's] illustrations for the Canadian novel Maria Chapdelaine ... are brilliant. (John Arkelian Artsforum)

This handsome little catalogue offers up a delightful pot-pourri of the works of Clarence Gagnon. (Raymond J. Steiner Art Times 2006-01-00)

Easy-to-read... well illustrated. (Regina Haggo Hamilton Spectator 2005-12-20)

Visually, this book is a treat. Gagnon, who was very particular about how his artwork was presented in publications, would have been delighted with the fine colour reproductions here. The images are laid out on the pages with ample white space around them so that we can appreciate the brilliant colour and textured brushwork of his painting. Black and white photographs are also interspersed throughout the book to document the important places, events, and people in Gagnon's life. In conclusion, Clarence Gagnon: An Introduction to His Life and Art is an ideal way to begin an acquaintance with a much-admired and influential figure in early twentieth-century Canadian art. Highly Recommended. (Ann Stinner Canadian Materials 2006-04-14)

About the Author

Anne Newlands is an art museum educator who has worked at the National Gallery of Canada since 1979. She is the author of The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson: An Introduction, Emily Carr: An Introduction to Her Life and Art, and the comprehensive reference, Canadian Art.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Clarence Gagnon- Forgoten Canadian. March 19 2014
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Great artist great art what a shame there is not more known about him love his paintings of Quebec rural life.
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