Marcelle Ferron

Seafarers' Union

1954
While living in Paris between 1954 and 1966, Ferron bought and ground her own pigments, which she mixed with poppyseed oil, allowing her to paint in particular shades of purple, blue and yellow - distinctive hues for this period. Her contemporaries in Europe were impressed by her large works as they were still painting on a smaller scale and quite often in more sombre tones. Ferron was deeply concerned with social issues, but a title like this is not without humour; in the artist’s mind, it alludes to the armchair militancy of her French neighbours in their well-off neighbourhood of Clamart, contrasting with the social situation back home in Quebec, where union members were jailed for street demonstrations.
Title
Seafarers' Union
Date
1954
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
166.5 x 196.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1994
Accession number
37593