Paul Vanier Beaulieu

Paul Vanier Beaulieu was born in 1910 in Montreal, Quebec. Paul studied a total of four years at the Montreal School of Fine Arts, at two different times 1927-30 and 1936-37. Amongst his friends at the Beaux-Arts were well known Quebecer artists, Jean-Paul Lemieux, Stanley Cosgrove and Francesco Iacurto. He moved to Paris in 1938 and purchased a studio in the Montparnasse section of the city. He studied at the Paris School of Fine Arts and continued to work in his studio until the Nazi invasion in 1940. As a citizen of a country at war with Germany, he was interned at St-Denis, France, from 1940 to 1944 along with his brother Claude, Canadian artist Jean Dallaire, and 160 other Canadian citizens. He continued to paint during his internment. After the war he went back to his old studio and continued to work there until he returned to Canada in 1973.

His favored mediums were etching (dry point, aquatint), water colors and oils. He began working with graphics in 1951. This period is characterized by a series of very sensual nudes, abstract still life as well as water colors and etchings. His series of roosters became popular with collectors. Beaulieu created effective light and dark shading on the faces of the tamers and their clothing, adding charm with fine lines to define birds' feathers, tamer's scarf and wood grain of a long table in the foreground. The human figures in this work suggest the influence of French artist Bernard Buffet.

His work represents an amalgam of many styles. His 1970's landscapes, traditional in subject matter, have irregular patches throughout the foreground that give greater depth to the overall composition. In others of his paintings, he verges on the non-objective. His still-life show some influence of Picasso. Beaulieu was retired in St-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, when he died in 1990.

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