Skip to contentSkip to navigation
Become a Member
Explore today's schedule
Visit MMFA for free by becoming a Member
Learn more
Back
Louis Archambault

Female Nude Stretched Out

Artist

Louis Archambault
Montreal 1915 – Montreal 2003

Title

Female Nude Stretched Out

Date

1954

Materials

Ink over traces of graphite

Dimensions

21.5 x 28 cm

Credits

Gift of the artist in memory of his wife, Mariette, inv. Dr.1996.25

Collection

Graphic Arts

Louis Archambault studied at Montreal’s École des Beaux-Arts, and was awarded the Prix du Ministre in 1939. He won the first prize for sculpture in the Concours artistiques du Québec in 1948. That same year, Archambault, Alfred Pellan, Jacques de Tonnancour and other Montreal artists were among the signatories of the manifesto Prisme d’Yeux, which advocated an aesthetic open to all artistic avenues. He also taught at the Art Association of Montreal’s School of Art and Design.


Archambault is primarily known as a sculptor—one of the greatest of his generation in Canada. In addition to carrying out major Canadian public art commissions, he created works for the International Exposition in Brussels in 1958 and for that of Montreal in 1967. Nevertheless, drawing was an integral part of his artistic approach; of the eight hundred works in the artist’s estate kept at the Museum, the majority are drawings. In those shown here, Archambault has offered playful, Surrealist interpretations of the nude: their fluid lines describe floating women’s bodies with zoomorphic-looking heads and fine, undulating tendrils in the way of hair.

© Estate of Louis Archambault / SOCAN / SOCAN (2020)

Add a touch of culture to your inbox
Subscribe to the Museum newsletter

Bourgie Hall Newsletter sign up

This website uses cookies in order to optimize your browsing experience and for promotional purposes. To learn more, please see our policy on the protection of personal Iinformation