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Montreal, Quebec, 1905
Montreal, Quebec, 1974
Biography synopsis
Known for her picturesque scenes of Quebec landscape and life, both urban and rural, Simone Dénéchaud won considerable accolades from a number of local critics and galleries while a student at the Ecole des beaux-arts de Montreal (EBAM), where she studied under its director, Charles Maillard. She graduated from this institution in 1928 with the gold medal for painting and the first prize for decorative composition. Eager to continue to perfect her skills, Denechaud travelled to Greece, Italy, Spain, and France. Upon her return to Canada, she taught drawing at the EBAM (1929-42), as well as with the Commission des écoles catholiques de Montreal. Group shows include the Salon des anciens de l'Ecole des beaux-arts de Montreal at the Scott Gallery (Montreal, QC) in 1937 and 1939, and those of the Art Association of Montreal. A solo show followed in December of 1941 at the EBAM. Her work can be found in the collection of the Musée du Québec and the Musee du Seminaire du Quebec.
Media used
Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, ? - 1928 (under Charles Maillard)
Art Association of Montreal
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
Winnipeg Art Gallery, MA - Clara Lander Library
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC

Writings about
"A l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts." Le Devoir (Montreal) 31 May 1929.
"Anciens élèves des beaux-arts réunis en une association." La Patrie (Montreal) 13 May 1929.
"Exposition inaugurée par M. C.-J. Simard." La Presse (Montreal) 31 May 1929.
"Fin d'année aux beaux-arts." Le Canada (Montreal) 31 May 1928: 3.
"La présente exposition à l'école des beaux-arts." La Presse (Montreal) 2 Jun. 1928.
"Le devoir de l'heure pour nos artistes." La Presse (Montreal) 25 Mar. 1929.
"Le Salon du printemps." La Patrie (Montreal) 11 Apr. 1935: 31.
"Oeuvres de nos jeunes artistes." La Presse (Montreal) 2 Jun. 1928: 47.
"Quelques peintures intéressantes..." La Patrie (Montreal) 1 Jun. 1935: 30.
"Travaux des élèves qui forment une véritable exposition d'artistes." La Presse (Montreal) 3 Jun. 1930.
A. A. "Des cours de poterie et de céramique." Le Devoir (Montreal) 20 Sept. 1932: 8.
American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art, 1953. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1953.
Bertrand, Magdeleine. Les Femmes artistes du Québec de 1875 à 1925. Montreal: Université de Montréal, 1990.
Bovey, Wilfred. The French Canadians Today: A People on the March. Toronto: J. M. Dent, 1938.
Canadian National Exhibition. Contemporary Art of Canada and Newfoundland: Collection of the International Business Machines Corporation. New York: IBM Corporation, 1940.
Cotret, J.-René de. "Les Travaux des élèves à l'école des beaux-arts." Le Canada (Montreal) 29 May 1929.
Desjardins, Marie-Paule. Dictionnaire biographique des femmes célèbres et rémarquables de notre histoire. Montréal: Guérin, 2007.
Gyulai, Linda. "Fast Lane for Street Renaming." The Gazette (Montreal) 27 Jul. 1999: A1.
Karel, David. Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord: peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs, graveurs, photographes et orfèvres. Quebec: Museé du Québec, 1992.
L'Allier, Pierre. "Reportage - L'art au féminin au Québec: Femmes artistes du siècle adolescent." Continuité 63 (Winter 1995): 34-6.
La Vergne, Joe. "Nos femmes artistes admirées à Québec." La Patrie (Montreal) 20 Mar. 1947: 13.
Laberge, Albert. "L'Art et les artistes: Les travaux des élèves de l'école des beaux-arts." La Presse (Montreal) 1 Jun. 1927: 27.
Lévesque, Albert and Pierre Dagenais. "La canadienne française et les arts." Almanach de la langue française (1936): 59-69.
Maxwell, W.S. "Exhibition of Drawings, Decorations and Sculpture Representing the work of Canadian and American Universities and Schools." Journal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (Mar. 1930): 77-86.
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.
Monnier, Jacques. "Au Musée Provincial." Le Journal (Québec) 3 Aug. 1936: 4..
Musée du Québec. Au féminin: choix d'oeuvres de la collection du Musée du Québec, 1920-1930. Québec: Musée du Québec, 1997.
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.
Reynald. "Le fier succès des beaux-arts." La Presse (Montreal) 2 Jun. 1933: 10.
Tippett, Maria. By a Lady. Toronto: Viking, 1992.
Trépanier, Esther. Marian Dale Scott: Pioneer of Modern Art / Marian Dale Scott: pionnière de l'art moderne. Quebec: Musée du Québec, 2000.
Val, Pierre. "Au Salon des 'beaux-arts.'" Le Devoir (Montreal) 14 Jun. 1928.

Full text pdfs of exhibition reviews
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Nearly 500 Works at Spring Exhibit. Variety in Show at Galleries of Art Association of Montreal. 1,080 Items Submitted. Judges Reveal Open Minds and 52nd Annual Contains Much to Meet Differing Tastes."  Gazette (Montreal)  March 22, 1935.  p.3.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Spring Exhibition of Art Association Opened on Thursday."  Montreal Star  March 22, 1935.  p.17.   Full-text pdf
Art Association of Montreal Annual Spring Exhibition: (Montreal, March 21, 1935) "Le salon du printemps."  La Patrie  November 04, 1935.  p.31.   Full-text pdf

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