Douglas & McIntyre
The Automatiste Revolution

Book details:

October 2009
ISBN 978-1-55365-356-1
Hardcover
11" x 11"
160 pages
60 colour photographs, 20 b&w photographs
Art
Architecture
$60.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Automatiste Revolution

Montreal, 1941–1960

Following the success of Abstract Painting in Canada comes an introduction to the Automatistes, Canada’s first avant-garde art movement

Young and innovative, Montreal’s Automatistes revolutionized painting in the 1940s. Living in the restrictive Quebec of the Duplessis years, painters, dancers and writers—led by Paul-Émile Borduas and inspired by the Surrealists—found freedom of expression in abstraction pursued through automatism: an instinctive, unpremeditated form of creating art.

On August 9, 1948, the Automatiste painters published Refus global, a call for the right to live and make art spontaneously and freely. The group would be acclaimed internationally—due largely to Jean-Paul Riopelle. Sixty years later, the Automatiste legacy is alive in Jean-Paul Mousseau’s murals, Marcelle Ferron’s stained glass works, Claude Gauvreau’s plays and Françoise Sullivan, Françoise Riopelle and Jeanne Renaud’s dances.

Sumptuously illustrated, The Automatiste Revolution accompanies the first comprehensive exhibition in English Canada devoted to the Automatistes’ works.

About the Authors

Ray  Ellenwood

Ray Ellenwood

Ray Ellenwood, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at York University in Toronto, is an award-winning translator and author of Egregore: A History of ...

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Roald  Nasgaard

Roald Nasgaard

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