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Paul-Émile Borduas (1905-1960)

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Paul-Émile Borduas (1905-1960)

Paul-Émile Borduas was a Quebecois painter, recognized as being the author of the "Total Refusal" manifesto and creator of many abstract works. As of the age of 15, he received artistic training from Ozias Leduc, who taught him the art of restoration and decoration of religious edifices.

He quickly proved himself to be more interested in the painter's gestures and acts than by the final result per se. He created his first abstract works in 1941, and invented a new artistic style called "pictorial automatism".

Professor at the École du Meuble since 1937, he was dismissed shortly after the publication of the "Total Refusal", a virulent criticism of Quebecois culture. He next traveled to New York and Paris, before passing away in 1960.

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