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 Normand Hudon  (1929 - 1997)

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Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada      Known for: painting, illustration, editorial cartoons

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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 collections. (9)

 

Footnotes:

(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 – http://www.easterntownships.org/pressRelease/535/normand-hudon-from-a-to-z-extended-until-march-16th.

(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 – http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/scripts/explore.php?Lang=1&tableid=1&tablename=artist&elementid=00687__true; and AbeBooks.com – http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults ?bi=0&bx=off&ds= 30&kn=Hudon%2C+ Normand&recently added=all&sortby=17&sts=t&x=91&y=19.

(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 –   http://www.easterntownships.org/pressRelease/535/normand-hudon-from-a-to-z-extended-until-march-16th.  

(9) Examples of caricatures and editorial cartoons in the McCord collection can be viewed at: http://www.mccord-museum.qc.ca/scripts/search_results.php?Lang=1&keywords=normand+hudon.

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see AskART.com Glossary http://www.askart.com/AskART/lists/Art_Definition.aspx.

Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.

 

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