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Marcelle Ferron (1924-2001)

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Marcelle Ferron (1924-2001)

Marcelle Ferron was a Quebecois artist particularly recognized for her stained-glass windows. Born in 1924 in Louiseville, she studied art at the School of Furniture and Cabinetmaking of Montreal and the École des Beaux-Arts of Quebec. Sharing a conception of art similar to that put forth by Paul-Émile Borduas, she joined the Automatistes and was the youngest artist to cosign the Total Refusal Manifesto.

Having taken part in many Automatiste exhibits, Marcelle Ferron left Quebec for France, where she lived from 1953 to 1966. It was at this time that she began to take an interest in the art of stained-glass window making. She even developed a new technique by assembling glass pieces using polymer joints.

Upon her return to Quebec, Marcelle pursued her artistic progress and devoted herself to urban spaces. Her works even today decorate the Montreal subway stations Vendôme and Champ-de-Mars. In 1983, her talent was rewarded by the Paul-Émile-Borduas Prize, and she was named Knight of the National Order of Quebec two years later.

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