It was like running into an old friend! I was visiting the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and came upon two paintings which had been part of the One Hundred Masters exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in the spring and summer of 2013.
I gave tours of the One Hundred Masters exhibit to hundreds of school children so I got to know the pieces well. How delightful to discover two of them again at the the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
The work Autobiographical by Jean Paul Lemieux is part of an exhibit at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec featuring four galleries of work by the province’s most noted artists. In this painting Lemieux paints himself as a ten-year old boy, an art student and an old man.
The Communicant shows a young girl on her way to her first communion with a man in a black robe and a young red-headed woman. James Wilson- Morrice, a Montreal native, is believed to have painted the work in his Paris studio and to have based it on sketches he had done on the streets of the city. French critics once called Morrice the most talented North American painter since Whistler.
When the 100 Masters show was over in Winnipeg I didn’t expect to ever see any of the works in the collection again. How wonderful to bump into two old friends from the exhibit in Quebec City.