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Alfred Pellan: In the studio

2013-06-12_IL_114.jpgThis summer, you can get a peek into the private world of one of Quebec's most famous artists, Alfred Pellan.

Alfred Pellan grew up and studied art in Quebec City in the 1920s, until he won Quebec's first fine arts scholarship and went to study in Paris. He stayed there until 1940, rubbing elbows with Picasso and Dali and Miro.

Once he got back home, his cubist and surrealist work made waves in the traditional art scene of Quebec.
But he had trouble selling his work. Pellan retired to his home in Laval with his young wife Madeleine, and their forty years together changed his art - according to the new exhibit at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

"Alfred Pellan: In the studio" displays paintings, sketches, love letters and playful objects  -- all coming from a massive legacy left to the museum by his widow. That gift makes the Quebec City museum the largest depository of Pellan's work in the province.

Anne Eschapasse is director of exhibitions for the museum. She talks about the playful side of Pellan that emerges from the new collection. (Photo courtesy of MNBAQ)

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