Beau appeared regularly in exhibitions in Europe and America. In Canada the Salon du printemps of the Art Association and the Royal Canadian Academy frequently hung his works. He was official painter of the Public Archives of Canada 1915-38. An active member of several French art societies, he was made an officer of the French Academy.
With his brother Paul, a fine-arts ironworker, Beau left a definite mark on Canadian art, heralding the coming young generation of painters. Yet, with his French academy training and French tastes, he was one of the last representatives of a dying age. Among his important works are Les Noces de Cana (1894) in the Sacré Coeur chapel of NOTRE-DAME de Montréal, La Dispersion des Acadiens (1900) at Saint-Joseph's (now part of U of Moncton, NB), and L'Arrivée de Champlain à Québec (1908) at the Musée du Québec.
Author MICHEL CHAMPAGNE