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The National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec

The National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec will blow out its 90 candles in June! Let's take this opportunity to browse some of the 42,000 works that bear witness to the richness of the national collection and retrace the exchanges and interbreeding that have contributed to writing the history of art in the province, from New France to our days. If the Museum opened its doors in 1933, under the name of Museum of the province, the first acquisitions of works in order to constitute the collection are made from 1920-1921.

McNicoll, Helen Galloway. A l'ombre de l'arbre. Vers 1910.Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
McNicoll, Helen Galloway. A l'ombre de l'arbre. Vers 1910.Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

A student of the Art Association of Montreal and later of the Slade School of Fine Arts in London, Helen McNicoll (1879-1915) enjoyed a fine reputation crowned by his appointment as an associate member of the Royal Academy of Canada in 1914.

Clarence Gagnon. La Maison Jaune. Vers 1912. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Clarence Gagnon. La Maison Jaune. Vers 1912. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Clarence Gagnon (1881-1942) was able to adapt his solid artistic training to a desire to describe with simplicity and poetry the landscapes and popular traditions of Quebec.

Adrien Hébert. Matin d'hiver. Vers 1935. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Adrien Hébert. Matin d'hiver. Vers 1935. Collection du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

Quebec painter born in Paris, Adrien Hébert (1890-1967) is known for having represented the urban themes of Montreal. Trained at the Art Association of the city, he was a drawing teacher for 37 years at the school board and he exhibited both in Paris and Montreal.

Alice des Clayes. Place Jacques Cartier. Montréal. Vers 1919. © Succession Alice des Clayes
Alice des Clayes. Place Jacques Cartier. Montréal. Vers 1919. © Succession Alice des Clayes

The youngest of three painter sisters, like the Morisots, Alice des Clayes (1890-1968) continued her artistic training mainly in England and Cornwall. She exhibited in Canada, notably at the 37th Spring Exhibition in 1920 before settling permanently in England in 1938.


This short overview of the masterpieces of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec is an invitation to continue their discovery!


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