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Puzzle #5

Christian Marcel Barbeau
Puzzle #5, 1970
acrylic on canvas
122 x 122 cm
Gift of Claude Laberge, Montreal, Quebec, 1996

Marcel Barbeau was born in 1925 in Montreal. He studied at the école du Meuble in Montreal from 1942 to 1947 where he was taught by artist Paul-émile Borduas, with classmates Jean-Paul Riopelle and photographer Maurice Perron. They all became involved in the Automatiste movement, which was based on the French Surrealist idea of turning to the subconscious mind for inspiration.

An exhibition of the artist’s post-Automatiste work from the late 1950s and early 1960s took place in Paris in 1971 and brought Barbeau critical attention, establishing him as a contemporary artist of international stature.



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