Editing and graphics: Dominique Beauregard
Source: Private collection of Dominique Beauregard
To honour the memory of Curé Labelle, fabulist painter Dominique Beauregard, who is fascinated by this colourful character, created canvases for Les Stations du curé Labelle, an exhibition blending art and history. Her works employed an inimitable style: she took animal forms and gave them personality, dressing them as settlers, priests, politicians, aristocrats, bourgeois, and so on. The result is a most singular and intriguing bestiary! “I use animals to teach men,” one famous fabulist, Jean de La Fontaine, once said. Centuries later, Dominique Beauregard has also drawn inspiration from animals to convey her passion for history. In her works, François-Xavier-Antoine Labelle assumes the guise of a bear in a cassock—the bear being the king of the forest.