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MODERN CHANGES IN THE ROARING TWENTIES Autour des frères Henri et Adrien Hébert : artistes, beauté et apparence des années folles







65 and up
Young adults

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Free (service charge applies).

Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 01:30 pm

A hundred years ago, in the aftermath of the First World War and Spanish flu epidemic, Western societies enjoyed a period known as the “Roaring Twenties.” Although landscape painting and the peasant figure were major fixtures of Quebec art at the time, some artists from this era featured other aspects in their work.

This talk will delve into the paintings and sculptures of not only the Hébert brothers but also artists associated with the Beaver Hall Group and others who witnessed the changes in appearance in the 1920s and its new models of beauty, new ideal body types, new fashions, and new practices in sports and leisure.

This lecture is presented thanks to the support of Magdeleine Loevenbruck.

Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium

Face covering required for the duration of the event

Esther Trépanier is an associate professor in the Department of Art History at UQAM, where she taught from 1981 to 2020. She also served as the executive director of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec from 2008 to 2011 and as the director of the École supérieure de mode de Montréal from 2000 to 2007. She has written a great deal on Quebec and Canadian art from the first decades of the twentieth century and on questions related to modernity. Some of her publications include Peinture et modernité au Québec, 1919-1939 (Éditions Nota bene, 1998) and Jewish Painters of MontrealWitnesses of their Time, 1930-1948 (Les Éditions de l'Homme, 2008). Exhibitions that she has curated or contributed to include Marian Dale Scott. Pioneer of Modern Art (MNBAQ, 2000), Women ArtistsConquering a Space: 1900-1965 (MNBAQ, 2009) and Fashion and Appearance in Quebec Art, 1880-1945 (MNBAQ, 2012). 

She has given lectures at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for many years and also wrote an essay in the exhibition catalogue for 1920s Modernism in Montreal: The Beaver Hall Group (MMFA, 2015). 

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