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Unifier, explorer, experimenter, knowledge broker: Albert Dumouchel is one of those multiple artists who have distinguished themselves beyond Quebec. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has drawn from its collection to offer us Revelations, an exhibition of prints (rather unknown works) by the sculptor and self-taught artist who died in 1971 at the age of 54.
Albert Dumouchel exhibited little his prints in his career and the last exhibition on Dumouchel presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts dates back to 1971.
This is what makes the new MMFA exhibition as interesting as it is fascinating; this foray into a lesser-known mode of creation of the self-taught artist and teacher, as well as his various experiments through the discipline of printmaking (materials, processes, themes addressed). A great idea to celebrate the 50th anniversary (in 2021) of the death of this creator who marked a whole generation of artists in Quebec.
The thirty prints selected from the vaults of the museum (10 of which are new) have been placed in three exhibition rooms, representing different periods of life and inspirational engines of Dumouchel's graphic production; sometimes abstract, sometimes figurative, but always exploratory. ” I'm not a revolutionary, I'm an evolutionary “, proclaimed the artist from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.
< p>Prints with religious accents, black and white, works celebrating eroticism and the couple (superb Viens! Let's return Honorine), representations of animals or characters (one thinks of < em>The horrible snow cat), abstract art, subjects that can be guessed by their engraved contours, lithographs, a wealth of materials and color gradations drawn from different processes: Dumouchel transports us to various periods of exploratory work experienced between the years  ;1940 and 1970.
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” I'm going to the studio to try some experiments “, said the one who was the painter's teacher. , engraver and poet Roland Giguère.
Le cavalier solitaire, a kind of centerpiece dating from 1970, is particularly gripping and significant when we know that this work is the one of his last prints (this posthumous print dates from 1983) and that Albert Dumouchel – yet a unifying being – always went it alone.
The exhibition Revelations: Prints by Albert Dumouchel in the MMFA Collectionis on view until March 26, 2023.