From May 3rd – June 2nd, Thompson Landry Gallery presents, “Le Printemps Pellan à Toronto,” a coproduction between Thompson Landry Gallery (Toronto) and Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (Québec City). A main player in the emergence of modernism in art, Alfred Pellan remains one of the most emblematic figures of 20th-century Québec art and Canadian art at large. The gallery will display 50 serigraphic prints from 6 distinct series within Pellan’s artistic trajectory. This special showcase marks the first time the MNBAQ Foundation—which has held the rights to Pellan’s works since 2012 through an extraordinary bequest—has put a selection of Pellan’s silkscreens up for sale at a commercial gallery. Proceeds from this exhibition will benefit the Pellan Foundation. Art collectors and connoisseurs alike are sure to be thrilled about the opportunity to view such a large and dynamic body of works.
Six distinct series of serigraphic prints will be on display: Gardens & Beasts, Joie de Vivre, Sinuous Creatures, Landscapes, Pellan Book Covers, Twelfth Night – all of which are imbued with the surrealist edge of Alfred Pellan bridged with the artist’s visceral need to create across media and schemas. This philanthropic initiative will go to support the MNBAQ Foundation in its work on behalf of its home museum in Québec City—to enrich its collections, add diversity to its exhibitions, and make its educational and cultural programs more widely available.
Highly decorated, Alfred Pellan has been awarded the Prix Paul-Émile-Borduas, the highest distinction in the visual arts in Québec. He is also an Officer of the Ordre National du Québec as well as The Order of Canada. Pellan sold his first painting at the age of 17 to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa while he was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Quebec City. While his early canvases, from his first visit to Paris, show a marked fauvist tendency, throughout the 1940s, Pellan`s style developed as Surrealism began to attract him more strongly. This transition defined his imagery as more vivid, striking, complex and textured. From his first paintings to his final creations, Alfred Pellan`s output transports us to a teeming and deeply poetic visual universe, drawing boldly and consummately from the leading movements in modern painting—Cubism, Fauvism, Surrealism—to craft his own vernacular.