Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography

by François-Marc Gagnon, translated by Peter Feldstein

Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography
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This major biography covers the life and work of the avant-garde artist Paul-Émile Borduas, one of Canada's most important painters. Drawing on extensive research, François-Marc Gagnon details each stage of Borduas' career, from his early work as an apprentice to Ozias Leduc as a church painter and decorator to his involvement in the Automatist movement and the writing of his influential manifesto Refus global.


Excerpt:

"The pamphlet known as Refus global was the culmination of a long period of planning. It appeared on 9 August 1948 on the shelves of the only bookseller (whose name, ironically, was Henri Tranquille) brave enough to offer its incendiary prose to customers. With a print run of 400 copies, mimeographed on rough unbound paper, and a price of $1.00, it sold out quickly."


From Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography by François-Marc Gagnon, English translation by Peter Feldstein © 2014. Published by McGill-Queen's University Press 2013.