"I paint by instinct without philosophical or pictorial reasoning.
It's a world I invent poetically and in exaltation."
Leon Bellefleur was born in Montreal in 1910 and studied at the
Ecole des beaux-arts there. In the early 1940s, he became acquainted
with artists associated with
Paul-Emile Borduas and Alfred Pellan, whose explorations of Surrealist theories
promoted an approach to the art inspired by dreams and the subconcious.
admired the work of Swiss artist Paul Klee, whose simplified and
whimsical compositions reflected his own enthusiasm for children's art. In it,
saw a freshness, spontaniety of expression, and honesty in the work. "Only
those who have retained or rediscovered the ability to dream, to play, can hope
to make their life a great and splendid thing."
Several of his paintings
and prints are in the National Gallery of Canada.
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