Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Born in Arthabaska, Quebec in 1869. Died in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States in 1937. Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté RCA began to decorate churches in 1887. His family connections enabled him to meet Wilfrid Laurier, from whom he received many commissions. Between 1891 and 1912, he travelled extensively in Canada, the United States and Europe, particularly in France, where he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and at the Julian and Colarossi academies. He exhibited works in the Salon of the Société des artistes français from 1894 onward. After returning to Canada in 1912, by which time his reputation was already firmly established, he worked in his studios in Arthabaska and Montréal. Suzor-Coté was influenced by Impressionism. He was particularly interested in the play of light on snow and water, especially during the spring thaw. Although Suzor-Coté is best known to us as a landscape painter, he also painted historical scenes and immortalized great historical events. He suffered from paralysis in 1927, and died 10 years later in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Untitled - 1895, oil on wood panel, Musée des beaux-arts de Sherbrooke
The Reaper - 1918, oil on canvas. Art Gallery of Hamilton
The End of Winter, Gosselin River - 1918, oil on canvas. Edmonton Art Gallery
Passing Shadows, Nicolet River - 1925, oil on canvas. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
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