Born in Montréal, Quebec in 1881. Died in the same city in 1942. In 1897, Clarence Gagnon RCA studied under William Brymner at the Art Association of Montreal. After winning a number of prizes in 1899, he left for Paris in 1904, where he worked in the studio of painter Jean-Paul Laurens at the Julian Academy. After returning to Quebec, he became an associate member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1910 and a member in 1922. Between 1924 and 1936, Gagnon spent time in Paris and travelled throughout Europe. It was during this period that he illustrated a number of books, including Louis Hémon’s Maria Chapdelaine and Rouquette’s Le grand silence blanc. He returned to Quebec in 1936.

Works
Summer Breeze at Dinard - 1907, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Overlooking the Vallée du Gouffre, Charlevoix - circa 1915, oil on panel. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Evening, Sienna - circa 1918, oil on canvas. Edmonton Art Gallery
Laurentian Village - between 1921 and 1927, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
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