Claude Tousignant ARC/ RCA
Claude Tousignant is a painter, drawer, printmaker and sculptor born in Montreal on December 23, 1932. Trained at the École d’art et de design du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal (1948-1951) and in Paris at both the Académie de la Cloison d’Or and the Académie Randon (1951-1952), he is one of the dominant figures of the second wave of Montreal Plasticiens. His artworks with refined lines are the result of an experimental approach where the basic structure is in constant evolution in order to achieve the desired vision through the interaction of geometric shapes and pure colours. ‘’What I wish to do is make painting objective, to bring it back to its source – where only painting remains, emptied of all extraneous matter – to the point where painting is pure sensation’’ . From 1978, his circular paintings with concentric rings gave way to monochromatic canvasses. Tousignant’s career is marked by international exhibitions, prizes and honours (Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, Officer of the Order of Canada, etc.). And as for his artworks, they can be found in major museum collections across Canada.
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