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Jean-Philippe Dallaire


Lead pencil and pastel on studio paper

16" x 12" | Frame 21" x 17"

Signature at lower left corner

Jean-Philippe Dallaire, born June 9, 1916 in the Hull sector, in the city of Gatineau in Quebec, Canada and died November 27, 1965 in Vence, France, is a Cubist painter from Quebec.

Jean-Philippe Dallaire is best known for his festive paintings populated with strange and macabre characters. In his work, reality and imagination intertwine in a world of shapes and colors. Critics described Dallaire as a man shrouded in mystery who lived "in a private world with its own climate, landscape, architecture and people." » Dallaire is a figurative painter despite his interest in abstraction. He played a leading role in pioneering the return to figurative painting in Canada in the late 1960s.

He started drawing at the age of 11. He took art classes in various cities, including Toronto, Boston and Montreal, but was largely self-taught. In October 1938, with a small grant from the Quebec government, Dallaire went to Paris to attend the Atelier d'art Sacré and the Lhote workshop. He also works in his own workshop in Montmartre. In France, he discovered the work of Picasso, the surrealists and the Canadian artist, Alfred Pellan. His works from this period are characterized by powerful architectural patterns and flat surfaces.

Arrested by the Gestapo in 1940, Dallaire was imprisoned for four years. During his stay in prison, he continued to draw and study Italian. After his release, he studied the art of tapestry. He completed this apprenticeship in Aubusson with the painter Jean Lurçat to whom we owe the renewal of the art of tapestry in France.

In 1945, Dallaire returned to Canada. He taught painting at the École des beaux-arts in Quebec from 1946 to 1952 and worked at the National Film Board in Ottawa from 1952 to 1957 where he illustrated short educational films. Several of the works from this period are also commissioned murals. Mastery of drawing, spontaneity of the subject and rich colors distinguish these works which combine a diversity of styles. Dallaire is inspired by Italian theater, mythological characters, surrealism, synthetic cubism and art brut.

In 1959, Dallaire returned to France and spent the last years of his life in Vence. The works of this period show a very personal treatment of modernism. They are characterized by their cheerfulness and their highly schematized and colorful shapes. Dallaire discovers the liberating nature of abstraction. In 1968, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and the Musée du Québec in Quebec presented the first retrospective of his work.

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