LÉON BELLEFLEUR, R.C.A.
oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘63; also signed, titled, dated ‘63 and inscribed “Paris” on the reverse
32 ins x 25.5 ins; 81.3 cms x 64.8 cms
“A painting always comes out of the imagination, and it is always someone else’s imagination that the painter speaks to.”
Painted during his last season in Paris, before his return to Montreal in the fall, Fin d’été depicts Bellefleur’s attempt to capture the ephemeral. Letting his inner world invade the canvas in an impromptu meeting of colours and lines, the painter masterfully gives form to fragments of his imagination.
André Breton in Guy Robert, Bellefleur: The Fervour of the Quest, Iconia, Montreal, 1988, page 101.
Private Collection, Montreal