La grande vigile pascale

Painting by Adrien Arsenault (1925-1989).

Adrien ARSENAULT
Photo: Noëlla Richard
c. 1983
Acrylic on masonite
120 x 90 cm
© Acadian Museum of Prince Edward Island


Adrien Arsenault (1925-1989)

Adrien Arsenault was born at Mont-Carmel, Prince Edward Island, on June 23, 1925. He was a priest, art history and French professor, painter, sculptor, actor, musician, poet, author, director, critic and traveller. He studied for eight years at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1948. He spent four years at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, and was ordained a lay priest in Charlottetown in 1952.

He studied French literature at Université Laval and art history at Concordia University. He earned a masters in drama at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He spent one year at the Sorbonne on a grant from the French government. A sabbatical year allowed him to study religious architecture and Italian Rennaissance art in Italy. He began his teaching career in 1952 and retired in 1988.

He held the position of representative on the Canada Council for six years. Considered one of the main sources of inspiration for the PEI arts community, the P.E.I. Council of the Arts created the Award for Artistic Excellence in honour of Fat Read More
Adrien Arsenault (1925-1989)

Adrien Arsenault was born at Mont-Carmel, Prince Edward Island, on June 23, 1925. He was a priest, art history and French professor, painter, sculptor, actor, musician, poet, author, director, critic and traveller. He studied for eight years at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1948. He spent four years at Holy Heart Seminary in Halifax, and was ordained a lay priest in Charlottetown in 1952.

He studied French literature at Université Laval and art history at Concordia University. He earned a masters in drama at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He spent one year at the Sorbonne on a grant from the French government. A sabbatical year allowed him to study religious architecture and Italian Rennaissance art in Italy. He began his teaching career in 1952 and retired in 1988.

He held the position of representative on the Canada Council for six years. Considered one of the main sources of inspiration for the PEI arts community, the P.E.I. Council of the Arts created the Award for Artistic Excellence in honour of Father Adrien Arsenault. This award provides a grant to artists who display the spirit and quality that characterized the work of Father Adrien. His works are found in collections on three continents.

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:

  • Understand that art can influence and reflect culture by conveying social and ethical issues
  • Be aware that the creative process is influenced by personal experience.
  • Understand that our reaction to art is based on our own experiences
  • Be aware of the diversity of Francophone art across Canada
  • Develop an appreciation of historical and contemporary Francophone art in Canada
  • Recognize the role of the curator in choosing, researching and interpreting art for exhibition

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