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FAUTEUX, Claire

Born
Montreal, Quebec, 1892
Died
Montreal, Quebec, 1988
Biography synopsis
Marie Claire Fauteux studied at the Art Association of Montreal, and then traveled to Europe to continue studying art. She painted portraits and landscapes, worked as a mural decorator, and a professor of fine arts. She first exhibited her work at the Art Association of Montreal in 1912, and continued to show her paintings there until 1947. She debuted her work at the Royal Canadian Academy in 1916, but would only show there four more times before 1947. In 1916-1917, Fauteux exhibited her work with two other female artists, Rita Mount and B. Lemoine, in a small group show at the Saint Sulpice Library in Montreal. She was a teacher at the boarding school Notre Dame du Sacre Coeur in New York, and at the Trafalgar Institute in Montreal. After the First World War she went to Paris with the bursary she received from the Women's Art Society in 1921. Fauteux became the Minister of Foreign Affairs while in France. She took classes from Maurice Denis for two years, and then traveled to Rome in 1927. As a British subject, Fauteux was held prisoner first in Besançon and later in Vittel during the German occupation of France, sketching and drawing how she and the other inmates spent their time for the seven months she was detained. These drawings would later be rendered into paintings, as well as provide illustrations for her own book, "Fantastic Interlude," which detailed her experiences as a prisoner of war in France. When she returned to Canada in 1947 she was featured in an exposition at the Galerie l'Art francais in Montreal. She would then go on to teach painting at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal.
Media used
Book illustration
Drawing
Painting
Education
Art Association of Montreal, 1907 - ? (under W. Brymner, M. Cullen, R. Pilot, A. Lismer)
Académie Julian, Paris (under Guillaumat)
Private study (under Maurice Denis)
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Toronto Reference Library, ON
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
Catalogue des peintures, aquarelles et pastels exposés à la Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice par Mesdemoiselles R. Mount, C. Fauteux, B. LeMoyne. Montréal: Bibliothèque Saint-Sulpice, 1916.
"A Final Glance Around the Art Exhibition Here." Daily Star (Montreal) 12 Apr. 1922: 6.
"Art Works On View Set High Standard: Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Royal Canadian Academy Is Opened." Gazette (Montreal) 17 Nov. 1916.
"Canadian Academy Full of Interest." Globe and Mail (Toronto) 21 Nov. 1921.
"Claire Fauteux Shows Variety in Paintings." Gazette (Montreal) 20 Jan. 1951.
"Claire Fauteux Shows Works in Three Media." Gazette (Montreal) 4 Oct. 1947.
"Claire Fauteux Water Colours." Montreal Daily Star 8 Oct. 1947.
"Exposition à la galérie d'art français, Montréal." Arts, Beaux Arts, Litérature, Spectacles. (10 Oct. 1947): 5.
"Femina Exhibit is Inaugurated." Quebec Chronicle Telegraph 11 Feb. 1947.
"Fewer Paintings, Higher Standards: Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Art Association of Montreal." Gazette (Montreal) 1 Apr. 1921.
"High Standard Set by R.C.A. Pictures: Forty-Fourth Exhibition Opened With Private View Last Night." Gazette (Montreal) 17 Nov. 1922: 9.
"L'exposition de Claire Fauteux à la galérie de l'art français." Photo Journal (Montreal) 16 Oct. 1947.
"Le Salon du Printemps." La Patrie (Montreal) 26 Mar. 1928: 17.
"Le salon du printemps." Le Devoir (Montreal) 4 Apr. 1940: 4.
"Nos femmes artistes admirées à Québec." La Presse (Montreal) 20 Mar. 1947.
"Paintings by Three at Art Association." Gazette (Montreal) 25 May 1946.
"Three Painters At Art Gallery" Daily Star Montreal: 23 May, 1946..
Bertrand, Magdeleine. Les Femmes artistes du Québec de 1875 à 1925. Montreal: Université de Montréal, 1990.
Bourbeau, Géraldine. "Claire Fauteux." Liaison 1.9 (Nov. 1947): 556-8.
Canadian Newspaper Service. Canadian Newspaper Service Reference Book: Biographical Reference Data and General Information. Montreal: Canadian Newspaper Service, Ltd, 1940.
Desbiens, Lucien. "Les salons: Mlle Claire Fauteux." Le Devoir (Montreal) 2 Jan. 1934.
Desjardins, Marie-Paule. Dictionnaire biographique des femmes célèbres et rémarquables de notre histoire. Montréal: Guérin, 2007.
Gauvreau, Claude. "Révolution à la société d'art contemporain." Le Quartier Latin (Québec) 5 Dec. 1946: 5.
Huot, Maurice. "La peinture: Claire Fauteux." La Patrie (Montreal) 16 Jan. 1951.
Karel, David. Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord: peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs, graveurs, photographes et orfèvres. Quebec: Museé du Québec, 1992.
Laliberté, Alfred. Les Artistes de mon temps. Montreal: Le Boréal, 1986.
Langley, Anne. "Nine to Five." Herald (Montreal) 29 May 1946.
Letondal, Henri. "Une exposition des Oeuvres de Mlle Claire Fauteux." La Patrie (Montreal) ?.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts/Académie royale des arts du Canada: Exhibitions and Members 1880-1979. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.
Morgan-Powell, S. "A Final Glance Around the Art Exhibition Here." Star (Montreal) 12 Apr. 1922.
Musée du Québec. Catalogue exposition "Fémina," Sylvia Daoust, A.R.C.A., Simone Dénéchaud, Suzanne Duquet, Claire Fauteux, Agnes Lefort, G. Paige Pinneo, Marion Scott. Quebec: Musée du Québec, 1947.
Musée du Quebec. Catalogue: Exposition "Fémina", Sylvia Daoust, A.R.C.A., Simone Dénéchaud, Suzanne Duquet, Claire Fauteux, Agnès Lefort, G. Paige Pinneo, Marion Scott. Québec: Musée de la Province de Québec, 1947.

Writings by
Fauteux, Claire. Fantastic Interlude. New York: Vantage Press, 1961.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 14, 1912) "Art Opening, a Social Event. A Princess Exhibits."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 15, 1912.  p.4.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 14, 1912) "Princess Patricia's Work Shown at Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Daily Witness (Montreal)  March 15, 1912.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1915) "Spring Art Show Has 478 Exhibits. Even Excellence Dominant Note at Art Association Which Opened Last Night. Nothing Very Daring."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 26, 1915.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 26, 1915) Fabien, Henri.  "Chronique d'art. Le salon du printemps. I."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  April 10, 1915.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 24, 1916) "Younger Artists Well Represented. Some Leading Exhibitors Are Absent from Thirty-Third Spring Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 24, 1916.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 24, 1916) Henri Fabien.  "Au salon du printemps. Peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs."  Le Devoir (Montréal)  April 03, 1916.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1916) "Art Works on View Set High Standard."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1916.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 22, 1917) "No Freak Pictures at Spring Show. Big Exhibition at Art Gallery but Works Small in Size. An Added Attraction: French War Posters, Medals and Souvenirs on View to Aid Red Cross Work."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 23, 1917.  p.13.   Full-text pdf
The Joint Annual Exhibition of the RCA and the OSA: (Toronto; Montreal (Fall), April 05, 1918) "Spring Exhibit at Art Gallery. Returned Soldier Exhibits Two Works Sketched at the Front. Four Artists Overseas. Late Exhibition of R.C.A. Held Works that Usually Came to Montreal - Good Watercolors."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 05, 1918.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 04, 1918) E.B..  "Artists Young and Well-known in Exhibition."  Montreal Herald  April 05, 1918.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 04, 1918) "Spring Exhibition at Art Gallery. Returned Soldier Exhibits Two Works Sketched at the Front."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 05, 1918.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 20, 1919) "Exposition artistique a Montreal. Ouverture du Salon des peintres et des sculpteurs a la Art Association."  La Presse  March 21, 1919.  p.21.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 20, 1919) "L'ouverture du salon."  Le Canada (Montreal)  March 22, 1919.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 25, 1920) "Artist's Efforts Reach High Level."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 26, 1920.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 01, 1921) "Fewer Paintings, Higher Standards. Thirty-Eighth Annual Exhibition of Art Association of Montreal. Private View Last Night."  Gazette (Montreal)  April 01, 1921.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 01, 1921) "Le salon du printemps."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  April 01, 1921.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 01, 1921) "Exposition de peintures par nos artistes. Quantité de toiles remarquables et fort intéressantes exposées au salon."  La Presse (Montreal)  April 01, 1921.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 01, 1921) "Le trente-huitieme salon s'ouvre au musse des arts. Les pièces d'exposition sont nombreuses et, autant que d'inspiration, différentes de facture. Souci de la technique. La recherche minutieuse des nuances. Couleurs. Etudes physiognomiques."  Le Canada (Montreal)  April 04, 1921.  p.8,5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, April 01, 1921) "Spring Exhibition at the Art Galleries."  Montreal Herald  April 04, 1921.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Toronto, November 17, 1921) Hector Charlesworth.  "Impressions of the Royal Canadian Academy."  Toronto Saturday Night  November 26, 1921.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1922) "Exhibits Drawn From Wide Area. Growing Importance of Spring Art Exhibition More Generally Recognized."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 21, 1922.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1922) S. Morgan-Powell.  "A Final Glance Around the Art Exhibition Here. II."  Montreal Daily Star  April 12, 1922.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1922) "High Standard Set by R.C.A. Pictures. Forty-Fourth Exhibition Opened With Private View Last Night."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1922.  p.9.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1922) Albert Laberge.  "Paysages et portraits."  La Presse (Montreal)  November 22, 1922.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 16, 1922) ALIQUIS..  "L'actualité. Au salon."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  November 23, 1922.  p.1.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1929) "Spring Exhibition at Art Galleries. Jury Selection Sympathetic to Sincere and Normal Work - Promise Shown by New Exhibitors."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1929.  p.12.   Full-text pdf

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