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LEFORT, Agnès

Born
Saint-Rémi, Quebec, 1891
Died
?, 1973
Biography synopsis
Marie Agnès Lefort studied at the Conseil des arts (Monument National) in Montreal with Joseph St. Charles, Charles Gill and Edmond Dyonnet where she won, in 1917, the yearly medal for drawing. She also studied portrait painting privately with Joseph St. Charles and she took studio and outdoor classes with J.Y. Johnstone. She traveled in France, Italy and England and in 1923 began to exhibit with the Art Association of Montreal and the Royal Canadian Academy. Her first solo was in 1935 at Eaton’s Art Gallery. She painted many scenes of the Lachine Canal, the Shawinigan area, and the streets of Montreal. Her work was included in “Canadian Art in Brazil" in 1944. Lefort did advertisement copy writing, gave radio talks on the history of art, and taught classes in her own studio. She exhibited at L’art français Gallery in Montreal and she taught at Miss Edgars and Miss Cramps school in Montreal. In 1950 she opened her own art gallery and retired from painting (Agnès Lefort Gallery, now Galérie Godard Lefort).
Media used
Drawing
Painting
Printmaking
Education
Conseil des arts & metiers, Montreal/Council of Arts & Manufactures (under Joseph St. Charles; Charles Gill; Edmond Dyonnet)
Private study (under Joseph St. Charles; J.Y. Johnstone)
File & Archive locations
Archives de Radio Canada
London Public Library, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, QC - Media Centre
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
University of British Columbia - Fine Arts Library
Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Hamilton Public Library, ON - Local History and Archives Department
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"40 Local Painters Show in Exhibition." Gazette (Montreal) 4 Nov. 1936.
"A small nude by Agnès Lefort ..." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Dec. 1935): 196.
"Agnes Lefort à L'art français." Clairon (Ste-Hyacinthe) December 9, 1949.
"Agnes Lefort et ses études." La Presse 26 Nov. 1949.
"Agnes Lefort, Peintresse - Animatrice d'avant-garde." Le Foyer (Montreal) 24 Sept. 1955.
"Art Gallery Owner Receives Summons in Statue Dispute." Gazette (Montreal) 7 Mar. 1951.
"Art Gallery Spring Show Juries Pick 119 Items From 1,400 Entries." Gazette (Montreal) 04 Mar. 1948.
"Art: Canadian Moderns At Fine Arts Museum." Gazette (Montreal) 8 Aug. 1953.
"Des oeuvres remarquables au salon du printemps." La Presse (Montreal) 5 Apr. 1924: 23.
"Femmes peintres canadiennes." Le Devoir (Montreal) 23 Mar. 1948: 6.
"La Vie Artistique: Le cinquante-cinquième Salon du Printemps." Le Jour (Montreal) 2 Apr. 1938: 3.
"Le Salon du Printemps." Le Canada (Montreal) 5 Apr. 1926.
"Les Aquarelles d' A.C. Leighton." La Presse (Montreal) 4 Apr. 1936.
"Meritorious Work At Spring Exhibit: Mural Paintings in R.C.A. Competition Part of Entries at Art Gallery." Gazette (Montreal) 28 Mar. 1924.
"Spring Exhibition Marked by Variety." Gazette (Montreal) 10 Mar. 1939.
"Spring Exhibition of Art Was Opened on Thursday." Montreal Star 17 Mar. 1933: 19.
"To Reveal the Structure of a Painting: The Frame." Canadian Art 13.1 (1955): 206-8.
Armstrong, Julian. "Curator Looks for Winners." Gazette (Montreal) 27 Jul. 1960.
Ayre, Robert. "Art Notes: Two Displays Attractive." Montreal Star 1 Aug. 1953.
Bertrand, Magdeleine. Les Femmes artistes du Québec de 1875 à 1925. Montreal: Université de Montréal, 1990.
Bourgogne, François. "Les arts du Québec évoluent." L'Autorité 29 Aug. 1953: 4.
Concordia Art Gallery. Montreal Women Artists of the 1950's/Les femmes artistes de Montréal des années 50. Montreal: Concordia Art Gallery, 1988.
Desjardins, Marie-Paule. Dictionnaire biographique des femmes célèbres et rémarquables de notre histoire. Montréal: Guérin, 2007.
Doyon, Charles. "La peinture feminine." Le Clairon (Sainte-Hyacinthe) ?.
Eaton Art Galleries. Exposition de Peintures, Agnes Lefort. Montreal: 1935.
Forster, Michael. "Speaking of Art - New Art Gallery Will Show Local Painters." Montreal Standard 4 Nov. 1950.
Galérie Agnès Lefort. Chronologie des expositions. Montreal: Galérie Agnès Lefort, 1996.
Gauvreau, Claude. Écrits sur l'art. Montreal: L'Hexagone, 1948.
H. P. B. "A New Departure by Agnès Lefort." Montreal Star 22 Nov. 1949.
Haworth, C. "Agnes Lefort Opened the Door to Let In Movement." Canadian Art 21 (May 1964): 124-6.
La Vergne, Joe. "Nos femmes artistes admirées à Québec." La Patrie (Montreal) 20 Mar. 1947: 13.
MacDonald, Colin S. The Dictionary of Canadian Artists. (Volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker) Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 2009
http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/description-about.app?lang=en.
Milliet, Sergio. "Peinture Canadienne." O Estado de Sao Paulo 14 Jan. 1945.
Murphy, Helen. "Speaking of Women." Herald (Montreal) 27 Jun. 1950.
Musée du Québec. Au féminin: choix d'oeuvres de la collection du Musée du Québec, 1920-1930. Québec: Musée du Québec, 1997.
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.
National Council of Women of Canada. Canadian Women Artists' Exhibition, Sponsored by Local Council of Women of Kitchener. Kitchener: Canadian Arts Council and Department of External Affairs, 1947.
National Council of Women of Canada. Canadian Women Artists, Sponsored by National Council of Women of Canada and National Council of Women of the U.S. New York: Riverside Museum, 1947.
National Council of Women of Canada. Femmes peintres canadiennes: Expositions présentée par le conseil national des femmes canadiennes. 1947.
Pfeiffer, Dorothy. "Women Artists' Work On View." Gazette (Montreal) 9 Apr. 1960.
Reynald. "Le 56e Salon de l'Académie." La Presse (Montreal) 25 Nov. 1935.
Soares, José Augusto de Macedo. "Peinture Canadienne." Correio da Manha 7 Dec. 1944.
St. G. P. "Canadian Artists Showing Work In Eaton's Fine Galleries." Gazette (Montreal) 6 Aug. 1938.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 27, 1924) "Meritorious Work at Spring Exhibit. Mural Paintings in R.C.A. Competition Part of Entries at Art Gallery."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 28, 1924.  p.15.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 27, 1924) "Des oeuvres remarquables au salon du printemps."  La Presse  April 05, 1924.  p.23.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (, March 27, 1924) "Des oeuvres remarquables au salon du printemps. Toiles intéressant par MM. Jongers, Maillard, Robinson, Cullen, Caron, Graham, Burgoyne, Mlles Rita Mount, Kathleen, Morris, etc. L'art de la gravure sur bois."  La Presse (Montreal)  April 05, 1924.  p.23.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) Albert Laberge.  "Ouverture du salon de l'academie canadienne."  La Presse (Montreal)  November 20, 1931.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (Montreal, November 19, 1931) "Wide Range of Art In R.C.A. Exhibition."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 20, 1931.  p.10.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition Is 49th of Series. Some Five Hundred Works Greet Invited Guests at Private View."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 18, 1932.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) "Art Association Has Forty-Ninth Annual Spring Exhibition."  Montreal Star  March 18, 1932.  p.7.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 17, 1932) Henri Girard.  "Le salon du printemps."  Le Canada (Montreal)  March 31, 1932.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "50th Spring Show Opened to Public. Jury Shows Open Mind. From Over 1,000 Entries, 543 Works Representative of Various Schools Have Been Selected."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 17, 1933.  p.6.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 16, 1933) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Was Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 17, 1933.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) Reynald.  "Le 56e Salon de l'Académie. A défaut de révéler des tendances neuves, le Salon garde une allure distinguée et une belle tenue d'ensemble. Plus de "bon ton" que de vitalité. Maints portraits."  La Presse (Montreal)  November 22, 1935.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) "The Fifty-Sixth Exhibition of the Canadian Academy."  Montreal Star  November 22, 1935.  p.13.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) "Art Gallery Scene of R.C.A. Exhibition. Paintings and Other Works from Various Canadian Points Total 444. Much Good Portraiture."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 23, 1935.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition.: (Montreal, November 21, 1935) H. Poynter Bell.  "The Fifty-Sixth Annual Exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts."  Royal Architectural Institute of Canada  December 1935.  pp.195-198, 202.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) "Spring Exhibition on Generous Scale. Show at Art Gallery Opened Last Night Contains 621 Items."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 20, 1936.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) "Annual Spring Exhibition at Art Association."  Montreal Star  March 20, 1936.  p.8.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 19, 1936) Reynald.  "Les aquarelles d'A.C. Leighton. Suprême hommage au Salon."  La Presse  April 04, 1936.  p.45.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 18, 1937) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Art Association's 54th Annual Show Opens with Private Views. Judges Open-Minded."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 19, 1937.  p.13,17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 18, 1937) "The Spring Exhibition of the Art Association."  Montreal Star  March 19, 1937.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, 1938) "Works in Art Exhibition Are of Unusual Merit. New Policy of Showing More Carefully Selected Pieces Followed by Association."  Montreal Star  March 18, 1938.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, 1938) "Art Association's Spring Exhibition. Portrait Studies Especially Good; Fewer Landscapes."  Standard (Montreal)  March 19, 1938.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, 1938) Henri Girard.  "La Salon du Printemps."  Le Canada (Montreal)  March 21, 1938.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, November 18, 1938) Graham McInnes.  "But They Have Nice Frames!"  Toronto Saturday Night  November 26, 1938.  p.22.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, 1939) Henri Girard..  "La vie artistique. Le salon du printemps."  Le Canada (Montreal)  March 15, 1939.  p.2.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, November 16, 1939) Reynald.  "Le 60e Salon de l'Académie."  La Presse  November 17, 1939.  pp.9,16.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, November 16, 1939) "Canadian Academy Opens Sixtieth Exhibition."  Montreal Star  November 17, 1939.  p.11.   Full-text pdf
Royal Canadian Academy Annual Exhibition: (, November 16, 1939) "R.C.A. Exhibition Has Private View. Over 300 Works in Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. Standard Maintained."  Gazette (Montreal)  November 17, 1939.  p.5.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) "Art Association Opens 57th Spring Exhibit. Notable Feature of Display Is Unusually Large Proportion Of Portraits or Portrait Studies."  Montreal Star  March 21, 1940.  p.19.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 15, 1940) Lucien Desbiens.  "Le salon du printemps."  Le Devoir (Montreal)  April 04, 1940.  p.4.   Full-text pdf

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