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Montreal, Quebec, 1921
Biography synopsis
After training with Goodridge Roberts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1944), Denyse Gadbois (later Mme Denyse Chaput) left for Paris, where she enrolled at the Académie Julian for a short period. In 1945, she returned to Canada and, that same year, was awarded a prize for figure painting at the Quebec Provincial Competition. Numerous exhibits followed, including the "Exhibition of Canadian Women Painters" at the Riverside Museum in New York (1947), a show with her mother, Marie, at McGill University's Royal Victoria College (sponsored by the Women's Union of McGill - 1944), and a solo show at Eaton's Fine Arts Galleries in Toronto. She also completed a series of large murals for a fashion show mounted by the Dominion Textile Company, and taught art to both adults and children.
Media used
Mural painting and decoration
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, School of Art and Design, ? - 1944 (under Goodridge Roberts)
Académie Julian, Paris, 1944 - 1945
File & Archive locations
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada, ON - Library and Archives
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec
Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Documentation Centre, QC
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, ON

Writings about
"?" Canadian Art 2.2 (Dec. 1944): 81-2.
"Aspects de la peinture canadienne au College St-Laurent; 50 tableaux." La Presse (Montreal) 8 Mar. 1953.
"C.A.C. Holding Exhibit At Dominion Gallery." Gazette (Montreal) 11 Nov. 1944.
"Peintres canadiens." La Presse (Montreal) 14 Mar. 1942.
"Peintres divers de Montreal." La Presse (Montreal) 17 May 1941.
"Refreshing Art Exhibition On View at Gallery." Ottawa Evening Journal 19 Dec. 1942.
"The Contemporary Art Society." Daily Star (Montreal) 14 Nov. 1965: 20.
"With Trilliums in Her Hair." Canadian Art 4.4 (Summer 1947): 147-8.
Addison Gallery of American Art. Contemporary Painting in Canada. 1942.
American Federation of Arts. Who's Who in American Art, 1953. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1953.
Arbour, Rose-Marie. Identification de l'avant-garde et identité de l'artiste: les femmes et le groupe automatiste du Québec (1941-1948). Montréal: Université du Québec a Montréal, 1994.
Arbour, Rose-Marie. "Identification de l'avant-garde et identité de l'artiste: Les femmes et le groupe automatiste du Québec (1941-1948)." RACAR 21.1-2 (1994): 7-21.
Arbour, Rose-Marie. "Le cercle des automatistes et la différence des femmes." Etudes francaises 34. 2-3 (1998): 157-73.
Art Gallery of Toronto. P.E. Borduas, Marie Bouchard, Denyse Gadbois, Louise Gadbois, Alfred Pellan: Exhibition, February 1942. Toronto: Art Gallery of Toronto, 1942.
Ayre, Robert. "Art Notes - The 67th Show: Varied Array is Presented." Montreal Daily Star 18 Mar. 1950.
Ayre, Robert. "Canadian Group of Painters' Exhibition is Small but Good." Standard (Montreal) 14 Mar. 1942: 29.
Bieler, Andre. "On the Canadian Group of Painters." Maritime Art 2.4 (Apr-May 1942): 118-123.
Brunet-Weinmann, M. "Denyse Gadbois de retour: Denyse Gadbois ressuscité." Vie des arts 47.188 (Autumn 2002): 87-88.
Canadian Group of Painters. Canadian Group of Painters, Exhibition 1942. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1942.
Coats, Robert Hamilton, ed. Canada Overseas Reference Book. Edinburgh: Harrap, 1949.
Concordia Art Gallery. Montreal Women Artists of the 1950's/Les femmes artistes de Montréal des années 50. Montreal: Concordia Art Gallery, 1988.
Daniel, Pierre. "De Borduas à M. Bouchard." La Presse (Montreal) 14 Nov. 1942.
Daniel, Pierre. "Peintres canadiens." La Presse (Montreal) 14 Mar. 1942: 33.
Delisle, Jacques. "À la Dominion Gallery of Fine Arts." Le Devoir (Montreal) 21 Nov. 1944: 3.
Doyon, Charles. "C.A.S. (43)." Le Jour (Montreal) 27 Nov. 1943: 6.
Gagnon, François-Marc. Chronique du mouvement automatiste québecois. Outremont, Quebec: Lanctot Editeur, 1998.
Gagnon, François-Marc. Paul-Emile Borduas. Montreal: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1988.
Gagnon, Maurice. Sur un état actuel de la peinture canadienne. Montreal: Société des editions Pascal, 1945.
Gauvreau, Claude. "Révolution à la société d'art contemporain." Le Quartier Latin (Québec) 5 Dec. 1946: 5.
Hayes, Bartlett H. Jr. "Artists in Wonderland: A Commentary on Contemporary Painting in Canada." Maritime Art 3.2 (Dec-Jan. 1942-43).
Hill, C.C. and P.B. Landry, eds. National Gallery Catalogue, Canadian Art. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1988.
Huot, Maurice. "La Société d'art contemporain." Le Canada (Montreal) 11 Nov. 1944.
Joyal, Paul. "Salon de la Société d'art contemporain." La Presse (Montreal) 13 Nov. 1943: 28.
Luckyj, Natalie. Visions and Victories: 10 Canadian Women Artists 1914-1945. London: London Regional Art Gallery, 1983.
Lyman, John. "Canadian Art Show in U.S. Is Best Yet Sent Abroad." Standard (Montreal) 24 Oct. 1942.
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.
McMann, Evelyn de Rostaing. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Formerly Art Association of Montreal: Spring Exhibitions, 1880-1970. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1988.
Musée du Québec. Au féminin: choix d'oeuvres de la collection du Musée du Québec, 1920-1930. Québec: Musée du Québec, 1997.
Museu nacional de belas artes. Pintura Canadense Contemporarnea. Rio De Janeiro: Museu nacional de belas artes, 1944.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Forty Years of Canadian Painting from Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven to the Present Day. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 1949.
Ostiguy, Jean-René. Modernism in Quebec Art, 1916-46. Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, 1982.
Plamondon, Marius. "Quebec: Arts." Culture 6 (1945): 235-37.
Prakash, A. K. Independent Spirit: Early Canadian Women's Art. Buffalo, New York: Firefly Books, 2008.
Rochon, Paul. "L'Art vivant." La Patrie 13 Nov. 1944.
Trépanier, Esther. Marian Dale Scott: Pioneer of Modern Art / Marian Dale Scott: pionnière de l'art moderne. Quebec: Musée du Québec, 2000.

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