Born in Montréal, Quebec in 1866. Died in the same city in 1921. Joseph-Charles Franchère RCA studied at the Conseil des arts et manufactures and at the École de l’abbé Chabert in Montréal. He apprenticed in the studio of scenic artist F.X.E. Meloche, before leaving for Paris, where he spent two years at the Julian and Colarossi academies. In 1890, he was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. From that time on, he submitted his works to the exhibitions of the Art Association of Montreal and the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, as well as at various world expositions (Chicago in 1893, Buffalo in 1901 and St. Louis in 1904). Franchère taught at the Conseil des arts et manufactures and at the Monument National. He was an academic painter who specialized in depictions of rural life, but he also illustrated books and painted several official portraits.

View of Sillery from the Plains of Abraham
- 1895, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
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