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September 14, 2000


You can see Harlequin and many other paintings from Concordia's permanent collection at the Leonard and Ellen Bina Art Gallery, 1400 de Maisonneuve W., until September 23.


Harlequin 1942 is an early work by Paul-Émile Borduas, a towering figure in the history of not only Canadian art, but of the evolution of the modern Quebec.

By the 1940s, many young Quebecers were chafing at the Roman Catholic Church's tight control of virtually every aspect of their world. Borduas, because he was slightly older and already teaching, became the spokesman for a rebellious group of young artists. In 1948, he wrote Le Refus global, a scathing denunciation of the establishment. In the wake of the angry reaction that followed, Borduas went to New York in 1953, and moved to France in 1955

In his own painting, Borduas learned much from the French Surrealists of the preceding generation. Harlequin, an early work, is semi-figurative, but soon Borduas concentrated on painting pure abstractions.

This painting was acquired from the estate of Dr. Max Stern, a pre-eminent collector and supporter of the arts.

















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