Sunday, August 16, 2015

Ozias Leduc

Boy with Bread
oil on canvas
50.7 × 55.7 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Ozias Leduc (1864-1955), born in Quebec, is one of Quebec's early painters. He produced many portraits, still lifes and landscapes, as well as religious works. He is best known for his work decorating the Notre-Dame-de-la-Presentation church in Shawinigan South, a project which took him thirteen years to complete. Notre-Dame-de-la-Presentation church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 and it was plaqued in 2005. He was mainly self-taught.

In 1897, he made a brief trip to Paris and London, where he was influenced by some impressionists. He returned to Canada and set to work on decorations for the church at St. Hilaire. He made his living mainly from church decorations of which he did more than one hundred and fifty paintings for about twenty-eight cathedrals, churches, or chapels.

He lived a very solitary life in his home town and was dubbed "the sage of St-Hilaire". He received an Honorary doctorate from the Universite de Montreal in 1938. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.