Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Suzor-Cote's career in the arts began when he apprenticed with painter/decorator Joseph-Thomas Rousseau. Together, they worked on 'Le College Commercial' as well as on the churches in Ste-Anne de Sorel and in St-Christophe d'Arthabaska (his hometown). Upon completion of these projects, he opted for a stint in France, which lasted for three years. He arrived in March of 1891 and completed preparatory classes in order to gain admission to the 'École des Beaux-Arts' in June. He also studied in the studios of Carmon and Harpignies, and of Paul Maurou, who introduced him to lithography.

Although living abroad, he managed to secure his first exhibition in 1892 in Montreal and in 1894 at the 'Salon de la Societé des Artistes Français'. In June of that same year, he returned home to Quebec (Arthabaska) and for the next three years worked on paintings and exhibitions. In his hometown, he was considered somewhat of a local celebrity, much like another local, Sir Wilfred Pelletier. Years Later, in 1909, Suzor-Coté was even commissioned to paint the portrait of the former Prime Minister, a piece which was destroyed in 1916.

Before that career-propelling portrait, Suzor-Coté enjoyed a second stay in France. He studied at Julian and Colarossi Academies while maintaining exhibitions in Canada and in Europe. It was also around this time that the artist began experimenting with sculpture. Although he was talented in both mediums, he found most success with his paintings. By 1914, he had received several other official portrait commissions and earned an induction into the Royal Canadian Academy.

By the early 1920's, Suzor-Coté had successfully painted portraits, nudes, landscapes, and even established himself as a sculptor. Throughout his career, he was awarded several prizes including the Jessie Dow Prize (twice). In the late 1920's, his production slowed down with illness, so the government purchased several of his pieces to support the artist. It turned out to be a wise investment. In January of 1937, the artist passed away in Daytona Beach; but was buried in Arthabaska later on that year.

Here are Works of Art that we have by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

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