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Marcel Barbeau (1925-), a painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, was born in Montreal in 1925. An active member of the Automatistes movement led by Paul-Emile Borduas, Barbeau is a widely exhibited, innovative artist.

As well as studying drawing at the Ecole du meuble, Montreal, he worked with Borduas, architect Marcel Parizeau, and art historian Maurice Gagnon.

He travelled extensively from 1962 to 1974, living and exhibiting in Paris, New York, and California.  His style changed over tme, moving from the lyrical abstracts of the Automatiste period to a more geometric mode.  In the late 1970s he returned to the free-form, all-over surface activity that he had favoured before.  By 1987, inspired by his sculpture and collages, his painting style changed again, moving back to hard-edge forms in highly contrasted colours. He has won many awards, including the 1964 Royal Canadian Academy Zack Award and the 1994 Gold Medal in painting at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Paris and is represented in major collections.

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2007 – Marcel Barbeau and William Armstrong, Virginia Christopher Fine Arts, Calgary, Alberta
  • 2006 – Vertiginous Limits, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia

Group Exhibitions

  • 2008 – Art et Société au Canada 1913-1950, a travelling exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Canada
  • 2007 – Children’s Corner / Le coin des enfants, Galerie Bellemare, Montreal
  • 2007 – Barbeau, Goodwin, Hurtubise et Serra, Galerie Bellemare, Montreal
  • 2007 – Démystifier l’art,/ Demystifyaing Art : L’abstraction au Québec hier et aujourd’hui, Galerie d’art Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire, Québec
  • 2007 – Rétrospective des 25 ans du Symposium international d’art contemporain de Baie Saint-Paul, Centre d’exposition de Baie Saint-Paul, Baie Saint-Paul, Québec
  • 2006 – Boîtes de cigares peintes – Collection de Claude Bouchard Galerie d’art de l’Alliance française, Ottawa
  • 2006 – Art Reach, une expositiion traveling exhibtion organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
  • 2006 – Explosion of Forms and Textures: Quebec Art of the 1960s from the Bas-Saint-Laurent Museum, Triangle Gallery Calgary
  • 2006 – Quebec Connection, Summer Art Stroll coordinated by the Triangle Gallery, Calgary

Public & Corporate Collections

  • Agence de coopération culturelle et technique de la Francophonie, Paris
  • Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Quebec Archives, Quebec
  • UQAM Archives, Montreal
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario
  • Art Gallery of Peterborough, Peterborough, Ontario
  • Montreal Art Collection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Art Bank, Canada Art Council, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Montreal Public Library, Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada National Library, Ottawa
  • Carleton University, Ottawa
  • France National Library, Paris
  • Quebec National Library, Montreal
  • Jacques Doucet Library, France National Library, Paris
  • British Museum, London
  • Baie Saint-Paul Exhibition Centre
  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginie, U.S.A
  • Confederation Centre of the Arts, Art Gallery and Museum,
  • Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Loan Collection, Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec
  • Canada Art Council, Ottawa, Ontario
  • City of Joliette, Joliette, Quebec
  • City of Saint-Laurent (Hôtel de ville), Saint-Laurent, Quebec
  • City of Lachine (Marina de Lachine), Lachine, Quebec
  • Dalhousie Art Gallery, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova-Scotia
  • École des Hautes études commerciales, University of Montreal, Montreal
  • Greater Victoria Art Gallery, Victoria, BritIsh-Columbia
  • UQAM Gallery, University of Quebec in Montreal, Montreal
  • Hart House, University of Toronto, Ontario
  • Canadian Institute, Quebec
  • Istituto Culturale e l’Arte, Catania, Italy
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
  • Lamton Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario
  • Laurentian University Museum and Art Centre, Sudbury, Ontario
  • Hôtel des Postes, Laurier Museum, Victoriaville, Québec, Canada
  • Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal
  • Lethbridge Art Gallery, University of Lethbridge, Alberta
  • London Art Gallery and Museum, London, Ontario
  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
  • McIntosh Art Gallery, Western University, London Ontario
  • McInzie Art Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
  • McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Toronto
  • Memorial University Art Gallery, Saint-John, Newfoundland
  • Ministry of External Affairs of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Montreal Contemporary Art Museum, Montreal, Quebec
  • Musee a Art Moderne et Contemporain de Strasbourg
  • Acadian Art Museum, University
  • Joliette Museum of Art, Joliette, Quebec
  • Mont-Saint-Hilaire Museum of Art, Quebec
  • Civilisation Museum, Quebec, Quebec
  • North Coast Museum, Sept-Îles, Quebec
  • Lachine Museum, Lachine, Quebec
  • National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon, France
  • Montreal Fine-Arts Museum, Montreal, Quebec
  • Sherbrooke Museum of Fine Arts, Sherbroke, Quebec
  • Bas St-Laurent Museum , Rivière-du-Loup, Québec
  • Quebec National Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, Quebec
  • La Vielle Pulperie (Saguenay-Lac St-Jean Museum), Chicoutimi, Quebec
  • Louis-Émond Museum, Péribonka, Quebec
  • Rimouski Regional Museum, Rimouski, Quebec, Canada
  • Charlevoix Regional Museum, La Malbaie, Canada
  • National Gallery, Washington (DC)
  • New Brunswick Museum, Saint John, New-Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia Art Gallery and Museum, Halifax
  • Nickle Art Museum, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • Owen Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, New-Brunswick
  • Robert Mc Lauglin Art Gallery, Oshawa, Ontario
  • Rodman’s Hall Arts Centre Collection, Saint-Catherine, Ontario
  • Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
  • Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec
  • Simon Fraser Museum, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Stratford Art Gallery, Stratford , Ontario
  • The Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta
  • The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Toronto City Corporation (Hôtel de ville), Toronto, Ontario
  • University of Moncton, Moncton, New-Brunswick
  • University of Montreal
  • University of Sherbrooke
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
  • Windsor Art Gallery, Windsor, Ontario
  • Aird and Berlis, Toronto, Ontario
  • Banque Nationale, Montreal, Quebec
  • BombardierInc, Montreal, Quebec
  • Deloitte & Touche, Toronto, Ontario
  • Éditions Gaétan Morin, Montreal, Quebvec
  • Esso Resources, Calgary, Alberta
  • Fédération des caisses populaires et d’économie
  • Desjardins, Leyvis, Quebec
  • Gaz métropolitain, Montreal, Quebec
  • General Electric Canada Limited, Mississaugua, Ontario
  • Gottlieb and Parson, New York City, USA
  • Harel, Drouin & Associés, Montreal, Quebec
  • INCO, Toronto, Ontario
  • Industrielle-Alliance, Montreal, Quebec
  • Loto-Quebec, Montreal
  • McDonald’s Restaurants Canada, Toronto, Ontario
  • Norcen Resources Ltd, Calgary, Alberta
  • Power Corporation, Montreal, Quebec
  • Reader’s Digest Canada, Montreal, Quebec
  • Richard Brown Baker, New York City, New York
  • Union-Vie, Drummondville, Quebec
  • Shell Canada Limited, Calgary, Alberta
  • Spectra, Montreal
  • Teleglobe Canada Inc., Montreal, Quebec
  • Via Rail, Montreal, Quebec