Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Maria Chapdelaine

Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Maria Chapdelaine

Article excerpt

Illustrations by Clarence Gagnon

McMICHAEL CANADIAN ART COLLECTION

First published in book form in 1916, Louis Hemon's novel Maria Chapdelaine identifies core values at the heart of the rural population in Quebec. It espouses an attachment to the land and embodies a sense of spiritual values that many Quebecois of the time sought to preserve.

In 1928, Quebec artist Clarence Gagnon was asked to illustrate a deluxe limited edition publication of the Hemon novel for Editions Mornay, a Paris-based publisher. Gagnon was well known as a painter and printmaker and had also achieved fame as an illustrator. By this time Hemon's novel was quite popular and several inexpensive illustrated editions had been produced.

Gagnon's expressed intention in illustrating the novel was to represent the character and pioneering spirit of French-Canadian people. The artist not only created 54 original colour images for this edition, but also supervised the printing of the book. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.