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Serge Lemoyne - Silkscreen prints

Serge Lemoyne (1941-1998)

A brilliant artist with an uncommon approach

This year, the Festival takes great pride in welcoming a piece by legendary artist Serge Lemoyne (1941-1998) into its Permanent Collection. At once free-spirited and committed, Serge Lemoyne’s mission was to debunk the myths surrounding creativity and to knock down the walls between the close-knit or exclusive worlds of the arts and the greater public. More intuitive than rational, his work embraced painting and sculpture as well as public art and “happenings”.

His “Période bleu-blanc-rouge” (Blue-White-Red Period)—undoubtedly one of the artist’s best-known and the source of Bleu Blanc Rouge, the piece newly acquired by the Festival—offers a powerfully indicative example of Lemoyne’s drive to forge a relationship between art and the people. Serge Lemoyne was a major hockey fan, and in that era—the 1970s—committed himself to painting exclusively in the colours of the Montréal Canadiens. As the artist said: “I brought intellectuals to the Forum and brought hockey fans to art!”

Having recently been the subject of a major retrospective exhibition in the Espace Création Loto-Québec, Serge Lemoyne’s works are now held in the largest public and private collections in Canada.

Bleu blanc rouge

Bleu Blanc Rouge

Silkscreen on paper, 2013
Edition of 100, 60 x 76 cm
Price: 495$