SUZOR-COTÉ, Marc Aurèle de Foy
(b.1869, Arthabaska, Québec, d. 1937, Daytona Beach)

Port-Blanc in Brittany

1906
Oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The reception of Impressionism in Canada began about a decade later than in the US in the 1890s. Though the fashion for Canadian artists after 1890 was to study in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts or the leading private academies, it was rare for them to grapple with the technique of Impressionism. When they did, it was either a case of direct imitation of the French model, as with Helen McNicoll, or - and this applied to the majority - of briefly adopting a style as a transition to other approaches. For Marc Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, the decorative structures and surfaces of Neo- and Post-Impressionism were finally of greater moment than the stylistic achievements of a Monet.