Born: November 1, 1905
Died: February 22, 1960
Place of Birth: Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Quebec
Paul-Emile Borduas is credited with starting a new era in Canadian art.
He took his early training under a church decorator, Ozias Leduc.
Initially, Paul-Emile Borduas wanted to become a religious painter.
He evolved into an abstract artist hence his art had difficulty being accepted.
His paintings were attempts to express the non-material world.
Borduas exhibited this new abstract art movement in 1942 .
Paul-Emile Borduas was a forward thinker and wrote "Le Refus Global"; a manifesto which would change Quebec history.
He and his small group of artists believed in the liberation of the sub-conscious (Automatistes).
His thoughts and ideas were linked to what was known as "The Quiet Revolution" in Quebec.
Poets were influenced by this new way of thinking that questioned conservative and religious values.
Paul-Emile Borduas' work led to art works that were eventually accepted as a new form of non-academic art.
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