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 Simone Mary (Marie) Bouchard  (1912 - 1945)

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Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada      Known for: genre, interior, landscape and figure painting, rug hooking

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Simone Mary Bouchard (AKA: S. Mary Bouchard, AKA: Simone Marie Bouchard) was a painter and hooked rug maker.  She was born, lived and died in Baie Saint-Paul, Quebec.
 
Her painting mediums were oil on silk and oil on paper.  Her subjects were genre, interiors, landscapes with figures, fantasy and still life.  She was self taught and painted in a Naïve style. Her works were described by Maria Tippett (1) as displaying “ … two-dimensionality, awkward perspective, non-rational juxtaposition of intense colours, a dream-like quality and problematic draftsmanship. Yet they admirably capture the village life of the habitant... ” Alfred Pellan (see AskART) called her "Quebec's greatest primitive."
 
In 1936 she was discovered by anthropologist and folklorist Marius Barbeau and, his then assistant, artist Joseph Jean Albert Palardy (see AskART).  They brought her to the attention of vacationing  American artists Maud and Patrick Morgan (see both in AskART), who showed her work to a New York Gallery. (2)
 
Subsequently, she has been included in exhibitions in New York (1938); at the Montreal Museum of Fine arts (1940 – 1945); with Paul Emile Borduas, Alfred Pellan and John Lyman (see all in AskART)(1941); and at the Addison Gallery (Andover, Massachusetts) in the  “Aspects of Contemporary Painting in Canada” (travelling) show (1942).  She also became a member of the Contemporary Art Society (1941) and exhibited with them.  Posthumously, the Dominion Gallery (Montreal) has had exhibitions of her works in 1947 and 1952.
 
Her friends and acquaintances included Jean-Paul Lemieux, Jori Smith and John Lyman (see all in AskART). Artists Marie Cecile Bouchard and Edith Marie Bouchard (see both in AskART) are her younger sisters.
 
Her works are avidly collected.  They are also in the Museum of Quebec (Quebec City), the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau, Quebec) and the Museum of Charlevoix, (La Malbaie, Quebec). Six of her paintings are in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).
 
She is listed in “A Dictionary of Canadian Artists" (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald; in "The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction" (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar; and in “Art and Architecture in Canada” (1991), by Loren R. Lerner and Mary F. Williamson.
 
 Footnotes:
(1) Maria Tippett, By a Lady – Celebrating Three Centuries of Art by Canadian Women, Viking (1992), page 81.
 
(2) Lynda Jessup, Antimodernism and the Artistic Experience: Policing the Boundaries of Modernity, University of Toronto Press (2001), page112
 
 
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke

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