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Clarence Gagnon Spotlight

Clarence-Alphonse Gagnon left Canada for Paris in 1904 with scant experience as a printmaker, yet in a burst of artistic growth and creativity he composed forty- three of his forty-six known etching subjects between 1902 and 1910. Grand Canal, Venice (1905), Moonlight, Venice (1906), and Rue à Caudelbec-en-Caux (1910) encapsulate Gagnon’s early European development and the attention to light and line that characterize his later subjects from Quebec’s Charlevoix region. Following the paths of original printmakers such as Charles Meryon and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Gagnon made a name for himself during the final wave of the etching revival. By the end of 1910 his etchings had been exhibited in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Paris, and acquired by international private and public collectors including an impression of Grand Canal, Venice acquired by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

 

Gregory Humeniuk
June 2021