Born in Athabaska, Quebec in 1869, Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Cotè was the youngest of 10 children. He began to decorate churches
in 1887. His family connections enabled him to meet Prime Minister
Wilfred 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 Ecole des Beaux-Arts,
and at the Julian and Colarossi academies in Paris.
After returning to Canada in 1912, by which time his reputation
was already firmly established, he worked in his studios in Athabaska
Suzor-Cotè was influenced by Impressionalism. Although best known
as a landscape painter, he also painted great historical events,
and did intimate portraits
such as the sketch of a young lady in 1925 on Redkettle. He suffered from
paralysis in 1927 and died 10 years later in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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