Charles Huot was a painter, drawing professor and illustrator born in Québec City on April 6, 1855 and died on January 27, 1930 in Sillery (now part of Québec City). Showing a real talent for drawing at an early age, he left for Paris to perfect his artistic education, first in Alexandre Cabanel’s workshop and the following year, at École des beaux-arts where he took the full classical academic curriculum. In 1978, at the World Exhibition, the French government bought his painting called ‘’Le bon Samaritain’’ which is now at Musée Tavet in Pontoise and in 1886, he was awarded a medal for his participation at the Blanc et Noir Exhibition in Paris. Back in Canada in 1898, he painted for numerous Québec churches and for the Québec Parliament. He also illustrated many books such as ‘’L’art d’être grand-père’’ by Victor Hugo. Shortly before his death, he was made "Officier de l’instruction publique" by the French government.
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