Jacques de Tonnancour, Previously Sold Artwork
Jacques de Tonnancour
(1917 - 2005)
Jacques Godefroy de Tonnancour was one of the most important Quebec and Canadian contemporary painters. He studied at the former Ã‰cole des Beaux-Arts du QuÃ©bec starting in 1937, and worked in Rio de Janeiro 1945-1946.
From his early works in Laurentian landscapes, he evolved into an abstract style influenced by his friends Alfred Pellan, Paul-Ã‰mile Borduas, and Goodridge Roberts. His manifesto, Prisme d'yeux, was published in 1948 with Pellan's support; it diverged from the influential Refus global, published around the same time. He was the Canadian delegate to a UNESCO conference in Florence in 1950. He taught at the Ã‰cole des Beaux-Arts, and at UQAM after the Ã‰cole became part of it, from 1969 to 1982.
He was awarded a medal by the Canada Council in 1968, became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1979), won the SociÃ©tÃ© Saint-Jean-Baptiste's Philippe-HÃ©bert medal in 1980, and was made an Officer of the Ordre du QuÃ©bec in 1993. He has received honorary degrees from McGill and Concordia universities, and is a professor emeritus of UQAM.
After 1981, he moved away from the art world to undertake the study of insects, a childhood interest, and published a book, Les insectes: monstres ou splendeurs cachÃ©es, in 2002; it won the Prix Marcel-Couture.