Charles Gagnon

Painting for a Funeral Parlor

1962
During a visit to his gallery, Charles Gagnon learned that a funeral home director was looking for a painting for his establishment. Gagnon's dealer jokingly asked him if he might have such a painting for the client and he replied that he would paint one right away, thus this piece had a title before it was even begun. The collaged newspaper shows advertisements for English-speaking churches in Montreal. To contrast the serious tone of the subject matter, Gagnon added an element of humour, proposing that the man in the coffin in the lower right is thinking about his mother's breasts, which dominate the upper left of the canvas. The painting was not purchased for the funeral home.
Title
Painting for a Funeral Parlor
Date
1962
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil with paper collage on canvas
Dimensions
127.1 x 111.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Gift of Michiko Gagnon, Montreal, 2007
Accession number
42248