Painter, draughtsman and commercial illustrator Lorne H. Bouchard was born in Montreal in 1913 and died there in 1978. He started studying art with Wilfred M. Barnes at the Barnes School of Art and pursued his training at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal with Maurice Félix, Clarence Gagnon and Maurice Cullen. He preferred oil and watercolor to depict the Arctic and its inhabitants as well as country and urban landscapes, his favorite themes. His artworks, executed outdoors, recall the impressionist and realist movements which he experienced while travelling in Europe, Mexico, the United States and the Caribbean. In 1931, at only 18 years old, he exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. His collaboration with both institutions lasted until 1967 and 1961 respectively. Bouchard was appointed a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Arts Club of Montreal and the Pen and Pencil Club. His paintings are found in numerous public and private collections, namely the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Tom Thomson Art Gallery in Owen Sound, Ontario. In the sixties, there were two articles about him in the Weekend Magazine and in 1969, John Basset produced a special program called Lorne Bouchard – An Artist’s Impression of the Arctic. Bouchard is also mentioned in several art books such as A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, The Collector’s Dictionary of Canadian Artists as well as Who Was Who in American Art.
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