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 Oscar Daniel deLall  (1903 - 1971)

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Lived/Active: Quebec / Russian Federation/Canada      Known for: landscape, portrait and coastal view painting

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1903 (St. Petersburg, Russia)
 
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1971 (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

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Quebec / Russian Federation/Canada

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Audrey E. deLall (nee Palmer), widow of the artist.  Courtesy, Karla A. Palmer, niece.

Internationally respected Canadian artist, Oscar deLall, RCA was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on September 12th 1903, and died in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 21st 1971, at the age of 67.

deLall was educated at a naval college in Russia, conscripted into the Navy, and following discharge, left his homeland for North America.  It was after arriving in Halifax in 1926 and settling in Montreal in 1930 that deLall's career as a landscape and portrait artist began.

deLall's first recognition as an artist came in 1933 when he was commissioned to do charcoal sketchings of 27 McGill University professors, including Stephen Leacock. While deLall was essentially a self-taught artist who was greatly influenced by the works of Velasquez, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Dega and Manet, he also had ready access to a noted Canadian artist, Edmond Dyonnet, as he perfected his style.

deLall was officially recognized for his talent when, on March 3rd 1947, he was appointed an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (A.R.C.A.) followed on November 8th, 1958, with his appointment as an Academician (R.C.A.) of the Academy.

deLall is known for his works in oil and charcoal.  His portraits were realistic, and his landscapes captured the vibrant colors and beauty of the Laurentian region of Quebec where he made his home.

His works are part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa, Ontario) and part of private collections in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Japan, South America and South Africa.

Throughout his career, deLall gave freely of his time to inspire students of the arts and foster art appreciation.  In a 1960 meeting of the "Portraits in Action" series sponsored by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, deLall is quoted as saying that the "portrait artist must look for character first and then likeness.  If he doesnt look for likeness too, his work will be something other than a portrait.  It may end up being a study". He cautioned young artists to "try to be honest and sincere and do not try to imitate. The ideal is to know, see all, yet paint in your own way".

Oscar deLall is survived by his wife Audrey, who continues to reside in their hometown of Ste Adele, Quebec.

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