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Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec, 1924
Biography synopsis
The youngest sister of artists Marie-Cécile and Simone Mary, Édith came to painting later in life. All three sisters were known for their depictions of the rural Charlevoix region and traditional Québecois domestic scenes. Following Simone Mary's death and Marie-Cécile's entrance into a convent, Édith took up the latter's paints and brushes in 1947, in order to please her mother. The following year she won 4th prize in a Quebec City exhibition. Her work was shown at the Dominion Gallery in 1952 along with that of her sisters'. Although naive in style, Édith's canvasses reflect an interest in representing furnishings and cultural customs in detail, and her bright palette and bold treatment of everyday subjects (usually involving women) garnered her attention from modernists. Later in life she also entered a convent.
Media used
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
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Musée de Charlevoix, QC

Writings about
Ayre, Robert. "Art Notes: Spring Show May Become A National Institution." Star (Montreal) 17 May 1952.
Baker, Victoria, et al. Scenes of Charlevoix 1784-1950. Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1982.
Eber, Dorothy. "What Quebec's 'Primitives' Don't Know About Art is Making Them Rich." Macleans 78.7 (3 April 1965): 17-19.
Eber, Dorothy and Gilles Hénault. "La mode est aux peintres folkloriques." Macleans 5.6 (Jun. 1965): 23-25.
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.
McKendry, Blake. Dictionary of Folk Artists in Canada: From the 17th Century to the Present. Elginburg: Blake McKendry, 1988.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
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.
Nixon, Virginia. "Gallery round-up: Humorous bronze sculptures and calm, alienated fantasy." Gazette (Montreal) 3 May 1975: 52.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008.
Repentigny, Robert de. "Toute la peinture canadienne." La Presse (Montreal) 6 May 1953.
Robert, Guy. La peinture au Québec depuis ses origines. Sainte-Adèle, QC: Iconia, 1978.
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.
Westbridge, Anthony R. The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction. Vancouver: Westbridge Publications, 2001.

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