Suzor-Coté, 1869-1937: Light and Matter
Ottawa, Canada - January 22, 2003PRESS RELEASE
« Suzor-Coté, 1869-1937. Lumière et matière »
After its overwhelming success in Quebec City, the exhibition Suzor-Coté, 1869-1937: Light and Matter is coming to Ottawa. From 24 January to 11 May 2003, visitors to the National Gallery of Canada will be dazzled by the works of the Impressionist painter Marc-Aurèle Suzor-Coté, one of the most popular Canadian artists of the early 20th century.
Suzor-Coté, 1869-1937: Light and Matter has been co-organized by the Musée du Québec and the National Gallery of Canada, and circulated by the Musée du Québec.
The exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada
This first major retrospective of Suzor-Coté brings together over 140 works, including sun-dappled winter landscapes, poignant scenes of everyday life, sensual nudes, and historical canvases. The exhibition traces the artist's development from his early work in Europe to his mature paintings of the landscape and people of his native village of Arthabaska, Quebec. The genres and themes of his paintings, drawings, and sculptures illustrate Suzor-Coté's boundless capacity to see the world through fresh eyes.
The primary objective of the exhibition Suzor-Coté, 1869-1937: Light and Matter is to make the work of this artist better known and to define his importance in the development of art in Quebec and in Canada. This retrospective, the first in 75 years, sheds light on many unknown aspects of Suzor-Coté's life and presents works that have not been seen by the public for generations.
Through its 82 paintings, 45 works on paper, and 15 sculptures, it will affirm the significance of an artist who almost disappeared from the public eye until 1980.
"The National Gallery of Canada is very proud to present this retrospective of Marc Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, an artist who changed the history of Canadian art", said the National Gallery's Director, Pierre Théberge. "The exhibition brings together the finest examples of Suzor-Coté's work to show visitors the extraordinary range of this talented artist, renowned not only in Québec, but also in France and the United States.
"Investors Group is pleased to once again partner with the National Gallery of Canada and bring this retrospective to audiences in our nation's capital. The National Gallery reflects the richness and diversity of our nation and our people, and we are honoured to support them in sharing culture with Canadians", said R. Jeffrey Orr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Investors Group.
The National Gallery thanks Investors Group, which has supported the presentation of this exhibition, and the media sponsors, CBC Television, La Télévision de Radio-Canada, the Ottawa Citizen and Le Droit.
The magnificent art book accompanying Suzor-Coté, 1869-1937 : Light and Matter was authored by exhibition curator Laurier Lacroix. Published jointly by the Musée du Québec, the National Gallery of Canada and Éditions de l'Homme, this richly illustrated catalogue is available at the Bookstore, in French and English, at a cost of $69.95.
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