(1903 - 1971)
Oscar Daniel deLall was active/lived in Quebec / Russian Federation, Canada. Oscar deLall is known for landscape, portrait and coastal view painting.
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The following is from Audrey E. deLall (nee Palmer), widow of the artist. Courtesy, Karla A. Palmer, niece.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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