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André Biéler

The Shoe

Artist

André Biéler
Lausanne 1896 – Kingston, Ontario, 1989

Title

The Shoe

Date

1931

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

61.3 x 51 cm

Credits

Purchase, Harold Lawson, Marjorie Caverhill, Harry W. Thorpe and Mona Prentice Bequests, inv. 2008.38

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Biéler’s wife, the decorator Jeannette Meunier, sat for this intimate painting in 1931, the year they married. As she leans forward to buckle one shoe, the other shoe is lying on its side in the foreground. The whole composition is in tension around this seemingly insignificant detail. An atypical subject for Biéler, The Shoe recalls the production of John Lyman, with whom he taught from 1931 to 1933 at L’Atelier, a Montreal art school they co-founded.

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