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Rene Gagnon

 (born 1928)
Rene Gagnon is active/lives in Quebec / Canada.  Rene Gagnon is known for landscape, coastal, mountains and water view painting, drawing.

Rene Gagnon

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Rene Gagnon (born 1928) (1)

A prominent Quebec painter and draftsman, Rene Gagnon was born in Chicoutimi, Quebec and lives in l'Anse-de-Roche, Quebec (about 150 miles north east of Quebec City). His works are in several museums including the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

His primary medium is oil paint applied with a palette knife*. However, there are also some works in pencil, charcoal, and pastels. His subjects are landscapes, coastal views, rivers, lakes and mountains. The locations are mostly in Quebec – its rural areas, Laurentian Mountains, and the northern subarctic regions. He has travelled in Asia (c. 1995 – 1998); however, we have not seen any works depicting those travels. His style could be described as Fauvism* or Modernism*. The askART auction results have some excellent illustrations of his oeuvre.

He is a self-taught artist influenced by the works of Stanley Cosgrove and Marc-Aurele Fortin; and by that of Rene Richard a frequent painting companion.

In 2004, Gagnon was the subject of a retrospective at La Pulperie de Chicoutimi – Regional Museum, Chicoutimi, Quebec.

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum sources, his works are in the permanent collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), Carleton University Art Gallery (Ottawa, Ontario), Centre culturel de Verdun (Montreal), Galerie Montcalm (Gatineau, Quebec), La Pulperie (Chicoutimi, Quebec), Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Quebec), Musée régional de la Côte-Nord (Sept-Îles, Quebec), and the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec).

(1) Please note: Our sources do not agree on the birth year for this artist; 1927 and 1928 are used. We contacted the Musee Rene Gagnon in Montreal to determine the correct date. They said that his birth year is 1928, and that he will be 90 in February, and that he is still working. Source: Phone call January 19, 2018. – M.D. Silverbrooke

René Gagnon and the Art of Landscape Painting (2004), by René Gagnon et al; Pulperie de Chicoutimi, Quebec

Biographical Index of Artists in Canada (2003), by Evelyn de Rostaing McMann (see askART Publications)

Magazin’art: Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries, 2002 – 2003 (2002), edited by Jacques Latulippe; published by Editart International Ltd., Montreal

The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see askART Publications)

Magazin’art: Biennial Guide to Canadian Artists in Galleries, 2000 – 2001 (2000), edited by Lise Goulet and Jean-Guy Thibault; published by Editart International Ltd., Montreal

A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume Two, G – Jackson (1970), by Colin S. MacDonald; Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Limited, Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian Heritage Information Network*

Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art website

Galerie Beauchamp website

Musee Rene Gagnon (by phone)

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Written and contributed to askART by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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About  Rene Gagnon

Born:  1928
Known for:  landscape, coastal, mountains and water view painting, drawing