Montreal, QC, Canada
Wednesday, January 18, 2012–Saturday, February 18, 2012
Bringing together an impressive selection of early works by many of the great figures in Québec art during the modern period, in the exhibition DÉBUTS Galerie Simon Blais offers a look at the first examples of various practices that would go on to have a major impact on the era. Made at pivotal times that saw the emergence of highly individual artistic personalities, the works on view show what Jean Paul, Alfred and Guido, among others, painted before becoming Riopelle, Pellan and Molinari. The landscapes, still lifes, portraits and abstractions making up this landmark exhibition include rare works and even some curiosities from the young Alleyn, Barbeau, Borduas, Daudelin, Dumouchel, Ferron, Gauvreau, Goodwin, Hurtubise, Jauran, Juneau, Lemoyne, Letendre, McEwen, Molinari, Mousseau, Pellan, Riopelle, Whittome—and Mondrian.