Les continents fleuris no 2

Jean McEwen

Jean McEwen was born in Montreal in 1923 and died in 1999. He completed a degree in Pharmacy at the Université de Montréal, but is a self-taught painter. In 1949, he met Paul-Émile Borduas, who would have an enormous influence on his early work.

He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and New York. In 1973, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presented a first retrospective show of his work and, in 1987, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts held a second.

Jean McEwen is considered one of Canada’s most influential abstract painters. He received many awards during his career, including the Victor Lynch-Staunton Scholarship from the Canada Council in 1977. In 1998, he was also the recipient of the province’s prestigious Paul-Émile Borduas Award, the Quebec government’s highest honour for achievement in the visual arts.


This work is presented in collaboration with Galerie Simon Blais.

Factsheet of the work

  • Oil on canvas, 80 x 120 in., 1974
  • © Succession Jean McEwen / SOCAN (2018)
  • Photo de l'œuvre : Guy L'Heureux