Marcelle Ferron

Marcelle Ferron was born in Louiseville, Quebec in 1924 and died in Montreal in 2001. After being expelled from the École des beaux-arts in Quebec City, where she had studied with Jean-Paul Lemieux, she settled in Montreal and became friendly with the artists in the Automatiste movement, who were moving towards abstract painting. A signatory of the 1948 Refus global manifesto, along with Paul-Émile Borduas, Jean Paul Riopelle, Françoise Sullivan, Pierre Gauvreau, Fernand Leduc, Marcel Barbeau, and others, Marcelle Ferron established herself as one of Quebec’s most important artists of the modern era.

Throughout her prolific career, Ferron’s work was included in many major group exhibitions. The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal presented two retrospectives of her work in 1970 and 2000. She became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1972 and, in 1983, was awarded the Paul-Émile-Borduas Prize, the Québec 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 on wood, 48 x 36 in., circa 1962
  • © Œuvres Ferron / SOCAN (2018)
  • Photo of the work: Guy L'Heureux