Serge Lemoyne is a Québec painter born in Acton Vale on June 13, 1941, and deceased in Saint-Hyacinthe on July 12, 1998. From 1958 to 1960, he studied at École des beaux-arts de Montréal where he was greatly influenced by the Automatists and the Plastic Artists. But in the 60's and 70's, he rejected this philosophy of abstract art to become involved in a committed art, creating multidisciplinary events where music, poetry, dance and multimedia art merge in order to allow the public and artists to get closer to one another. For this '' enfant terrible of Québec contemporary art'?, the democratization of art has been his leitmotiv throughout his lifetime. His best known works belong to his Bleu Blanc Rouge (Blue, White, Red) period under the theme of the Montréal Canadiens with the iconic Ken Dryden painting (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal), produced in 1975. He also did the design for the Pavillon de la Jeunesse discotheque at Expo 67. Deeply impressed with L'Atelier rouge by Matisse, Lemoyne created, from 1996 up to his death, a series of over five hundred small paintings in tribute to this painter. Meanwhile, he undertook his Trou noir series, composed of small paintings whose vivid colours are little by little covered with black until they are completely black. Serge Lemoyne is considered one of the major artists of Québec contemporary painting. His works are part of the most prestigious collections of Québec and Canadian art as well as of the most important museums in the country, namely the National Gallery of Canada, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal and Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
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