Arthur Villeneuve was a Chicoutimi barber who closed his shop
to paint because he believed he was following a divine message
to paint. He painted over 2000 paintings in his lifetime. He painted
brightly coloured, dream-like visions in abstract patterns, based
on the landscape of the region from Chicoutimi and Quebec City,
sometimes filling them with a ghostly multitude of strange creatures(see Redkettle's classic creatures landscape from '74) .
In 1972, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts gave him a one-man show,
Arthur Villeneuve's Quebec Chronicles, that was regarded by some
as "Canada's most ambitious
effort in recognition of Canadian primitives."
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