Alfred Pellan


Alfred Pellan (1906-1988) is one of the most influential Quebecois artists of the twentieth century. 

He helped introduce Quebec to Modern art; specifically Cubism and Surrealism as an artist, designer, scholar and writer.

Pellan¬†studied in Paris at the √Čcole nationale sup√©rieure des Beaux-Arts from 1926 to 1930 and claimed first prize at the exhibition of mural art there in 1935. This would be one of several s√©jours¬†in Europe; where continental trends would influence his practice and he would in turn expose and disseminate Modern art, and a new creative mentality in Quebec.¬†

Teaching in the 1940's at √Čcole des Beaux-Arts, Pellan was an influential member in focusing the school towards a more liberal approach. By 1948,¬†Pellan¬†contributed to the writing of the Prisme d‚ÄôYeux, a manifesto of artistic freedom that preceded the Refus Global.

Pellan achieved an unprecedented level of success during his lifetime as a Canadian artist. He would be the first Canadian to have a solo exhibition in Paris at the National Museum of Modern Art in the early 1950's. In 1952 he would be one of three artists to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale. 

Pellan had an impressive career until the early 1980's when his health was  compromised. 

Today, Pellan’s works can be found in every Canadian institution's permanent collection. He is especially admired for his and is often bold use of colour and flattened, abstracted representation.

We are especially excited to be offering this charming etching - a dynamic palette and populated by an array of spooky characters, skulls and hybrid birds. This is Pellan at his most creative. 

Note - this etching relates to a painting in the permanent collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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Signed, dated '80 and numbered (H.C) by the artist.

Quebec, 1980 

14.5‚ÄĚH 11‚ÄĚW (work)

19"H 15"W (framed)

Note: "H.C" refers to "Hors Commerce" which signifies that this was a presentation example from the series. "H.Cs" are typically used to show museums and ares considered an ideal example of the print. 

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