Art Sunday: Clarence Gagnon – La maison bleue Les Éboulements

Clarence Alphonse GagnonRCA (November 8, 1881 – January 5, 1942) was a French Canadian painter, draughtsman, engraver and illustrator, from the province of Quebec. He is well known for his landscape paintings of the Laurentians and the Charlevoix region of eastern Quebec.

Gagnon died on January 5, 1942 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He is buried at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery in Montreal. A bust has been erected in his memory by the Galerie Clarence Gagnon in Quebec City.


Art Sunday: Eva Theresa Bradshaw – Spring Bouquet

Eva Theresa Bradshaw (1871–1938) was a Canadian painter known for her floral paintings.  Bradshaw was born in 1871 in London, Ontario.

She studied art in Canada under John and James Griffiths, and with her mentor Florence Carlyle. She also studied in the United States; in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. In New York she studied under Robert Henri.

Bradshaw exhibited regularly with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts from 1902 through 1907. Her paintings were exhibited in the Canadian art section at the 1923 British Empire Exhibition at Wembley, England.

She was a member of the Western Art League for over three decades, serving as treasurer for many years.

Bradshaw died in 1938.


Art Sunday: Remedios Varo – La huida

María de los Remedios Alicia Rodriga Varo y Uranga (16 December 1908 – 8 October 1963) was a Spanish surrealist artist working in Spain, France, and Mexico.

Renaissance art inspired harmony, tonal nuances, and narrative structure in Varo’s paintings. The allegorical nature of much of Varo’s work especially recalls the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, and some critics, such as Dean Swinford, have described her art as “postmodern allegory,” much in the tradition of Irrealism.

Varo was influenced by styles as diverse as those of Francisco Goya, El Greco, Picasso, and Braque. While André Breton was a formative influence in her understanding of Surrealism, some of her paintings bear an uncanny resemblance to the Surrealist creations of the modern Greek-born Italian painter Giorgio de Chirico.

While there is little overt influence of Mexican art on her work, Varo and the other surrealists were captivated by the seemingly porous borders between the marvelous and the real in Mexico.

Varo’s painting The Lovers served as inspiration for some of the images used by Madonna in the music video for her 1995 single “Bedtime Story”.


Art Sunday: Laura Muntz Lyall – Trees by the River

Laura Muntz Lyall RCA (June 18, 1860 – December 9, 1930) was a Canadian Impressionist painter, known for her sympathetic portrayal of women and children.  Laura Muntz Lyall is regarded today as an “example of achievement in a male-dominated field and as a champion of womanhood within the confines of an era”. Her work The Watcher was included in 150 years 150 works, an on-line exhibition by Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) as representative of her era. Her painting A Daffodil was featured at the National Gallery of Canada in 2021. Her work is also on view in the Gallery’s exhibition Canada and Impressionism: New Horizons, which will be shown in Ottawa from January to June 2022.


Art Sunday: William Blair Bruce – Open Air Studio

William Blair Bruce (8 October 1859 – 17 November 1906) was a Canadian painter. He studied in France and became one of Canada’s first impressionist painters. He lived most of his life in France and on the island of Gotland, Sweden, where he and his Swedish wife Carolina Benedicks-Bruce created the artists estate Brucebo, which was later established as a nature reserve.