Among the great treasures of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection is a group of fifty-four jewel-like miniatures by the artist Clarence Gagnon. Completed in the early 1930s, these are the final paintings made for what is arguably the most famous illustrated book by a Canadian artist: "Maria Chapdelaine", a novel written by the French novelist Louis Hémon and published in 1933 by Éditions Mornay in Paris. These paintings were gifted to the McMichael in 1969 by Colonel R.S. McLaughlin. Not only were they the first works by a francophone Quebec artist to enter the collection; they remain, for many, the most important.
Saturday, February 1
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
10365 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON L0J 1C0