Pauline Boutal (1894-1992)

Pauline Boutal-LeGoff was born in Lanhouraneau, Brittany, France on September 8, 1894. She moved to Manitoba in 1907, and studied at the Winnipeg Art Club and Winnipeg School of Fine Arts in 1912. In 1946, she continued her studies at the George Elmer Browne School of Fine Arts, then in Paris, at the studio of painter André Lhote and at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.

She worked in oils, watercolours, pastels or pencil to produce landscapes, portraits, views and genre pictures. Her art was exhibited at the Canadian embassy in Paris, the National Gallery of Canada and the Manitoba Artists Society. Pauline Boutal was director of the Cercle Molière from 1941 to 1968.

Pauline Boutal received a number of awards, including the Order of Canada in 1973, the Palmes académiques françaises in 1939, the Ordre du Mérite de la culture française in 1971 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 1979.

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