In Paris, Leduc developed a friendship with the painter Jean Bazaine, whose art was moving into the category of abstracted landscape. This contact would have an influence on Leduc's works of the early 1950s, mostly the works on paper executed on Île de Ré. He returned from Paris in 1953 and by that time had begun to realize that the automatiste painting techniques had reached an impasse. During this period he became more concerned with the concept of a "constructed order" and the role of geometry.
By 1956 Leduc had become the president-founder of the Non-Figurative Artists' Association of Montréal. He returned to France in 1959 and stayed there until 1970, when he came back for 2 years to teach at UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL and the UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC in Montréal. After this short stay in Québec, he developed the series called microchromies, a still ongoing exploration of the qualities of light as vibration and as a subtle creator of colour.
The Musée des beaux-arts de Chartres and the Musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle organized a retrospective of his oeuvre in 1985 that circulated later in Canada. He was awarded the Louis-Philippe Hébert Prize in 1979, the Paul-Émile Borduas Prize in 1988 and the Fovernor General's Award in visual and Media Arts in 2007. After living for many years in Paris and Italy, Leduc returned to Montréal in 2006.
Author DENISE LECLERC
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Le Refus global: Revolution in the Arts
A multimedia CBC feature about the impact of "Le Refus global" on Québec society and culture.
View a biography and works of art by painter Fernand Leduc, recipient of the 2007 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.
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