Marcelle Ferron Biography
Marcelle Ferron, GOQ (January 29, 1924 – November 19, 2001), a Canadian Québécoise painter and stained glass artist, was a major figure in the Quebec contemporary art scene, associated with the Automatistes.
— Toula Drimonis (@ToulasTake) September 7, 2019
Marcelle Ferron Quick Bio
|Born||January 29, 1924
Louiseville (Mauricie), Quebec, Canada
|Died||November 19, 2001 (aged 77)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Resting place||Mount Royal Cemetery|
|Known for||stained glass, painting|
Marcelle Ferron Life and Artwork
Ferron was born in Louiseville, Quebec on January 29, 1924. Her brother Jacques Ferron and her sister Madeleine Ferron were both writers. She studied at the École des beaux-arts before dropping out, unsatisfied with the way the school’s instructors addressed modern art.
Today’s Google Doodle honours Quebec modernist painter Marcelle Ferron, taking inspiration from some of her public stained-glass works in Montreal.https://t.co/MHnXsQ9NhL
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Ferron was an early member of Paul-Émile Borduas’s Automatistes art movement. She signed the manifesto Refus global, a watershed event in the Quebec cultural scene, in 1948.
Marcelle Ferron Stained Glass
After many years of painting in France, Canadian artist Marcelle Ferron returned to Quebec, where she devised innovative methods of building “walls of light” from large planes of colored glass.
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In 1953, she moved to Paris, where she worked for 13 years in drawing and painting and was introduced to the art of stained glass, for which she would become best known.
One of her stained-glass windows is at Champ-de-Mars metro station in Montreal, Quebec. It was one of the first non-figurative works to be installed in the metro, in defiance of the didactic style present in other works of the period, and signaled a major shift in public art in Montreal between the policies of the art director Robert Lapalme and future art director and fellow automatiste Jean-Paul Mousseau. Other examples of her works can be seen at Vendôme metro station, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Sainte-Justine, and the ICAO headquarters, in Montreal; the Place du Portage in Gatineau, Quebec; and the Granby, Quebec courthouse.
Marcelle Ferron Death
She died in Montreal.
Marcelle Ferron Awards and Honors
The Champs-de-Mars metro station in Montréal features a stained glass window by Marcelle Ferron, today’s Google Doodle. pic.twitter.com/bAQTchEPJD
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A nursing home in Brossard, Quebec, the Centre d’Accueil Marcelle-Ferron, is named after her.
In 1983, she was awarded the Paul-Émile-Borduas prize for the visual arts by the government of Quebec. In 1985, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and was promoted to Grand Officer in 2000. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.
Marcelle Ferron Google Doodle
Aujourd’hui, une très grande artiste québécoise, une figure importante de l’art contemporain, née à Louiseville, Marcelle Ferron, se retrouve sur le Google Doodle du jour! pic.twitter.com/auvrabvdQj
— François Legault (@francoislegault) September 7, 2019
Google Canada celebrated one of Quebec’s seminal artists of the 20th century Saturday in its Doodle featuring and image inspired by painter and stained glass artist Marcelle Ferron.
Google chose today to honour Ferron, as it’s the anniversary of her installation being unvieled at the Vendome Metro station in 1981. One of Ferron’s stained-glass windows was also installed at the Champ-de-Mars metro station.
#Celebrating Marcelle Ferron #
Date: September 7, 2019
“My aim has always been modest. I wanted to transform the arranged marriage [of art and architecture] into a love match.” —Marcelle Ferron
Today’s Doodle celebrates the life and work of the renowned Canadian painter,… pic.twitter.com/qtA8l8rJ0l
— Goggle Doddle (@GoggleDoddle) September 7, 2019