|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Normand Hudon (1929 – 1997)|
Normand Hudon (AKA: Remy) was a painter, illustrator, humorist and famous Quebec editorial cartoonist. (1)
He was born in Montreal, Quebec, lived there or in its environs most of his life and died there. (2)
His primary medium was oil on board, although, he has works in acrylic,
gouache*, pastel, pencil, ink, colored pencil, collage*, lithograph*
and mixed mediums. His subjects are humor, satire, social
commentary, politics, landscape, snowscape, Montreal street scenes,
genre* and portraits. His styles are Caricature*, Fauvism*, and
Realism*. AskART has some good illustrations of his work. (3)
His formal art education includes the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
(1947 – 1948), under Jean Simard (1916), Rene Chiseine (?), Maurice
Raymond (1912 – 2006), and Julien Hebert (4); and the Academie de
Montmartre, Paris (c.1949), under Fernand Leger. (5)
Hudon began painting professionally in the 1940’s; at the same time he
embarked on his other career as a freelance, and later staff,
cartoonist for several prominent Montreal publications. He sold
his first cartoon to La Presse in 1945. Since then, his cartoons have appeared in Le Photo Journal, Le Petit Journal, La Patrie, Le Devoir (staff cartoonist, 1958 – 1961) and La Presse (staff cartoonist, 1961 – 1965). He also illustrated over 20 books. (6)
His paintings were exhibited in group shows at the Montreal Museum of
Fine Arts in 1949, 1951 and 1954; and in solo shows at commercial
galleries such as Agnes Lefort Gallery, Montreal and Waddington
Galleries, Montreal. (7)
In 2008, the exhibition “Normand Hudon, from A to Z” was held at the Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec. (8)
Hudon’s works are in many private and corporate collections; and
according to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* there are 654
of his paintings and cartoons in the permanent collections of Canadian
museums. The McCord Museum of Canadian History (Montreal) has by far
the largest collection with 533 works – mostly cartoons and
caricatures. The Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), La Pulperie
(Chicoutimi, Quebec), the Canadian Museum of Civilization (Gatineau,
Quebec) and the Canadian Archives (Ottawa) also have his works in their
(1) Using the pseudonym Remy, his comic strip 'Julien Gagnon' was published in Le Petit Journal
for 26 weeks, from May 16 to November 7, 1948. Source: Lambiek
Comiclopedia – http://lambiek.net/artists/h/hudon_normand.htm.
(2) Source: The Canadian Heritage Information Network*.
Note: He also lived in Hatley, a town about 80 miles east of Montreal,
near Sherbrooke and the Vermont border. Source: Tourism Eastern
Townships, article by Lise Boyer –
(3) Sources: AskART Images; and museum illustrations and descriptions
of mediums in the Canadian Heritage Information Network* data base.
(4) All artist teachers, and artist associates mentioned in this
biography, except those with bracketed dates after their names, have
their own pages in AskART.
(5) Sources: A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald; The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references); and Magazin’Art, 8th year, No 3 Printemps 1996, article by Paul Gladu – http://www.multi-art.net/popups/hudon_e.htm.
Note: It doesn’t appear that he spent more than one year at the
Academie de Montmartre, however there is a disagreement among sources
as to exactly when it was between 1949 and 1951.
(6) Sources: McCord Museum of Canadian History, Montreal –
and AbeBooks.com – http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults
?bi=0&bx=off&ds= 30&kn=Hudon%2C+ Normand&recently
(7) Sources: A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald; The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar; and Magazin’Art, 8th year, No 3 Printemps 1996, article by Paul Gladu – http://www.multi-art.net/popups/hudon_e.htm.
(8) Source: Tourism Eastern Townships, article by Lise Boyer
(9) Examples of caricatures and editorial cartoons in the McCord
collection can be viewed at:
* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.
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