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MIA

Born
Montreal, 1920
Died
Montreal, 2010
Biography synopsis
Mia was born Mariette Gauthier in 1920 and married German emigrant Klaus Matthes in 1954. In 1955 Mia and her husband began to photograph the Quebec and Canadian landscape, working collectively under the name "Mia et Klaus". Their images, both of the rural and urban landscape, are notable for their use of light. In 1958 the couple founded their first commercial studio in Montreal and published a number of photographic books of their work. In 1998 the couple became Chevaliers of the Order national du Québec. Mia also taught fashion design at the École ménagère provincial de Montréal and was a member of the Quebec Provincial Photographers Association. Her work, as well as her husband's, were featured at Expo '86 and various exhibits in Quebec. Mia is alternatively known as Mariette Gauthier, Mariette Poulin, and Mia Matthes.
Media used
Photography
Memberships
Quebec Provincial Photographers Association, President, 1965
File & Archive locations
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts / Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, QC
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Canadian Museum of Civilization Archives, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Writings about
"Mia Matthes (1920-2010): Chevalière (1998)." Ordre National du Québec 30 May 2011
http://www.ordre-national.gouv.qc.ca/membres/membre.asp?id=279.
Asselin, Hedwige. De natura Trois-Rivières: Éditions d'art Le Sabord, 1997.
Browne, Turner, and Elaine Partnow. Macmillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists and Innovators. New York: Macmillan, 1983.
Clément, Éric. "Mia Matthes nous a quittés." La Presse 30 Nov. 2010: Arts Sectacles 2.
Gardon, Anne. "Les recettes photographiques de Mia et Klaus." A+, Le magazine affaires + 11.5 (Jun. 1988): 71-74.
Humphreys, Adrian. "Photographer Captured Canada's Majesty: 'It is very sad for Quebec': Montreal-Based Artist's Passion was Landscapes." National Post 4 Feb. 1999: 16.
Monpetit, Francine. "Mia et Klaus: Les moissonneurs de lumière." Guide ressources 7.9 (Jun. 1992): 38-46.
Téodoresco, Marius. L'Univers de Mia et Klaus Matthes. Montreal: Société de radio-télévision du Québec, 1987.
Thério, Adrien. " 'Le Québec' de Mia et Klaus." Lettres québécoises 23 (Autumn, 1981): 82.

Writings by
Barcelo, François, and Mia et Klaus. Montréal. Montreal: Libre expression, 1983.
Boileau, Alice, Gille Boileau, and Mia et Klaus. Le chant de l'eau: Les eaux douces du Canada. Montreal: Méridian, 1999.
Brault, Jacques, and Mia et Klaus. Le corps secret. Montreal: Éditions du jour, 1969.
Carrier, Roch and Mia et Klaus. Canada. Montreal: Libre expression, 1986.
Gauthier, Raymond, and Mia et Klaus. L'architecture de Montréal Quebec: Editions du Pélican, 1968.
Lapointe, Gatien, and Mia et Klaus. Québec Montreal: Libre expression, 1981.
Lapointe, Gatien, and Mia et Klaus. Québec et l'Ile d'Orléans Quebec: Editions du Pélican, 1968.
Matthes, Mia. Claire-de-la-lune et Barbarou. Montreal: Éditions Paulines, 1985.
Mia et Klaus. Charlevoix. Montreal: Éditions de l'homme, 1994.
Mia et Klaus. Dieu: Essai photographique sur la beauté du monde. Outremont, Quebec: Éditions du passage, 2010.
Mia et Klaus. Le jardin botanique de Montréal Montreal: Éditions de l'homme, 1994.
Mia et Klaus. Le Québec des grands espaces Montreal: Libre expression, 1991.
Mia et Klaus. Les Îles-de-la-Madeliene. Montreal: Éditions de l'homme, 1994.
Mia et Klaus. Québec sauvage. Montreal: Libre expression, 1989.
Mia et Klaus. Visages et paysages: Images d'une vie. Ville Mont-Royal, Quebec: Novalis, 2000.
Mia et Klaus, and Alfred Pellan. Bonjour Québec. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1967.
Mia et Klaus, and Claude Sumner. Ciels de Saint Jean. Montreal: Fides, 1988.
Mia et Klaus, and Pierre Mollet. Musique d'été: Centre d'art d'Orford J M C. Montreal: Fides, 1976.
Mia et Klaus, and Pierre Perrault. Le Saint-Laurent. Montreal: Libre expression, 1984.
Poulin, Mia. Jean Vanier Ottawa: Information Canada Photothèque, 1975.

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