Friday, June 20, 2014
Art, History and some Ghosts!
It has been a busy week so far. After settling into the language classes during the first couple of days, everyone is now into the routine and looking forward to the week-end. We have been on several interesting excursions. The Musée de Beaux Arts de Québec is within walking distance of the Collège and we took advantage of half-price admission on Wednesday evening. In addition to featuring four prominent Québécois artists: Jean-Paul Riopelle, Fernand Leduc, Jean-Paul Lemieux and Alfred Pellan, there is a rich collection of Inuit and First Nation Art. The museum is housed partly in a former prison and they have very creatively preserved the cells in the middle of the galleries. The current temporary exhibition spotlights two French Canadian painters, Morrice and Lyman, who spent most of their career traveling and painting in France, the Maghreb and the Caribbean. They became friends and disciples of Henri Matisse and the museum has borrowed a few Matisse paintings to include in this collection. I very much enjoyed this exhibition and did not know these two Canadian artists before.