René Richard, C.M., R.C.A.

Canadian , 1895-1982

Born: Switzerland: La Chaux-de-Fonds 1895-12-01
Died: Canada: Quebec, Baie-Saint-Paul 1982
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Hiver à Baie St-Paul
René Richard
Hiver à Baie St-Paul
Oil on masonite
12 x 16 in
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Untitled
René Richard
Untitled
Oil on masonite
11 x 14 in
2200
Untitled
René Richard
Untitled
Oil on masonite
18 x 24 in
2700
Deux trappeurs
René Richard
Colour pencil drawing
9.25 x 11.5 in
1200
La forêt
René Richard
Untitled
ink on paper
10 1/2 x 13 in
475
Untitled
René Richard
Untitled
Charcoal on paper
17 x 22 in
900
Campfire
René Richard
The meal at noon, from the artist's book "René Richard"
Lithograph
12 x 17 in
275
Campement
René Richard
The Evening Meal, from the artist's book "René Richard"
Lithograph
12 x 17 in
275
Le porteur
René Richard
A porter in the forest, from the artist's book "René Richard"
Lithograph
12 x 17 in
275
The Exchange
René Richard
Deux Portageurs sur la rive, from the artist's book "René Richard"
Lithograph
12 x 17 in
275
Les Castors
René Richard
"Beavers" from the artist book «La Montagne secrète»
Lithograph
9 3/4 x 12 3/4 in
125
Camp
René Richard
Untitled
Lithograph
17 x 19 in
225
Paysage (1967)
René Richard
Untitled
Oil on masonite
16 x 20 in
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Scène de campement
René Richard
Scène de campement
Lithograph
18 x 22 in
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Parc des Laurentides
René Richard
Parc des Laurentides
Oil on masonite
10 x 12 in
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La montagne secrète
René Richard
Trapper preparing his meal, from the artist's book "The Secret Mountain"
Mixed media on paper
8.25 x 11.75 in
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René Richard
Sous la tente
Impression
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René Richard
Gastronomie en foret
Impression
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René Richard was born on 1 December 1895 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. His family moved to Montreal in 1909 and two years later relocated to Cold Lake, Alberta. While still a teenager, Richard began making trips into the bush and became a fur trapper. He spent thirteen years, from 1913 to 1926 traveling in northern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territorie as a “coureur des bois” – a trapper.
After returning to Alberta in 1930, Richard resumed his former career as a trapper. He made hundreds of sketches during his long wilderness journeys. He would depict landscapes and the camps of prospectors and trappers. This was an intensely productive period, when his unique style began to emerge. With little money, often he would draw on butcher’s paper cut into sheets. Richard sold his first paintings in 1943. His first exhibition at L’Art français gallery in Montreal was a great success, and his reputation began to grow. In 1948 and 1951 Richard was employed as a government consultant on expeditions to the far north of Canada. He produced large landscapes between 1950 and 1965 based on memories of these journeys. His later work mostly depicted the Charlevoix region around Baie-Saint-Paul. Richard often exhibited in Quebec City and Montreal. The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec held a solo exhibition of his work in 1967, and a retrospective ten years later. He received the Order of Canada in 1973. In 1980 Richard was elected a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. René Richard died on 31 March 1982 at Baie Sant-Paul, aged 86.
Studied at
Collections
Exhibitions
Montreal, Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum. René Richard Exhibition May 11 to September 9, 1990
Musée du Québec, Québec, Richard, Montpet, 25 janvier au 19 avril 1987 / January 25 to April 19, 1987
Musée du Québec, Québec René Richard, 14 septembre – 15 octobre, 1978
Awards
Professional Activities
Publications
Catalogue de l’exposition René-Richard, Musée du Québec, Québec, Ministère des Affaires culturelles, Éd. Marquis, 1978, 136 pages.
Catalogue de l’exposition René Richard 1895-1982, Centre d’exposition de Baie-Saint-Paul, 9 octobre 1993 au 30 janvier 1994, 24 pages.
DE JOUVENCOURT, Hugues, René Richard, Montréal, éditions La Frégate, 1978, 137 pages.
FONDATION RENÉ-RICHARD, Ville de Montréal, René Richard, Montréal, Fondation René-Richard, 1986, 80 pages.
QUENNEVILLE, Jean-Claude, René Richard, Le voyage d’un solitaire, Montréal, Trécarré, 1985, 150 pages.
REVUE DE LA SOCIÉTÉ HISTORIQUE DE CHARLEVOIX, René Richard, Baie-Saint-Paul, numéro 16, juin 1993, 36 pages.
RICHARD, René, Ma vie passée, Montréal, Art Global, 1990, 153 pages.
ROY, Gabrielle, La montagne secrète, Montréal, Boréal, 1961, 186 page