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1942

The Automatist Years: 1942

January 11 - January 14

Participates along with Alfred Pellan and Louise Gadbois in the opening of the L'exposition des maîtres de la peinture moderne held at the Séminaire de Joliette and organized by Father Wilfrid Corbeil (Gagnon, 1978, p. 473; Écrits I, p. 30-31). Borduas exhibits:

  • No. 1 Abstraction verte, 1941
  • No. 2 Le Philosophe, 1941
  • No. 3 L’Ile fortifiée, 1941
  • No. 4 Harpe brune, 1941
February

Participates in the P.-É, Borduas, Marie Bouchard, Denyse Gadbois, Louise Gadbois, Alfred Pellan exhibition held at the Print Room of the Art Gallery of Toronto (Gagnon, 1978, p. 473; 1988 p. 473; Écrits I, p. 31). According to the published list, Borduas exhibits the following paintings at the event:

  • Nature morte aux oignons (rouges), 1941
  • Figure légendaire, 1941
  • Nu (de dos), 1941
  • Nature (morte) aux poires, 1941
  • Tête casquée (d’aviateur la nuit), 1941
  • Femme à la mandoline, 1941
  • Paysage (? Vue du Parc Lafontaine), 1941
  • Nature morte (fruits et feuilles), 1941
February 6 - March 2

Participates in the Canadian Group of Painters exhibition held at the Art Gallery of Toronto where he shows Harpe brune, 1941, (Gagnon 1978, p. 473).

March 7 - 29

Participates in the Canadian Group of Painters exhibition held at the Art Association of Montreal (Écrits I, p. 31); Borduas shows Harpe brune, 1941. This is likely the same exhibition as noted above (Gagnon 1978, p. 473).

April 25 - May 2

Solo exhibition of 45 gouaches at the Ermitage in Montreal under the title Œuvres surréalistes de Paul-Émile Borduas, (Gagnon 1978, p. 474); titles are listed as follows:

  • Abstraction no 1 (La Machine à coudre), 1942
  • Abstraction no 2, 1942
  • Abstraction no 3 (Phare l’évêque), 1942
  • Abstraction no 4 (L’itinéraire céleste), 1942
  • Abstraction no 5 (Combat de Maldoror et de l’aigle), 1942
  • Abstraction no 6 (Chantecler ou Tête de coq), 1942
  • Abstraction no 7, 1942
  • Abstraction no 8 (Le félin s’amuse), 1942
  • Abstraction no 9 (Léopard mangeant un lotus), 1942
  • Abstraction no 10 (Figure athénienne), 1942
  • Abstraction no 11 (L’Oiseau bleu ou Cimetière marin), 1942
  • Abstraction no 12 (Le Condor embouteillé), 1942
  • Abstraction no 13 (Taureau et toréador après le combat), 1942
  • Abstraction no 14 (Étude de torse), 1942
  • Abstraction no 15 (Arabesque), 1942
  • Abstraction no 16, 1942
  • Abstraction no 17 (Printemps), 1942
  • Abstraction no 18 (Toutou emmailloté), 1942
  • Abstraction no 19, 1942
  • Abstraction no 20 (Portrait de Mme B.), 1942
  • Abstraction no 21, 1942
  • Abstraction no 22 (Immobilité), 1942
  • Abstraction no 23 (Paysage marin), 1942
  • Abstraction no 24 (La Campagnarde à la tranche de melon ou Madone à la cantaloupe), 1942
  • Abstraction no 25 (Tête de cheval ou Fleur-âne), 1942
  • Abstraction no 26 (Don Quichotte), 1942
  • Abstraction no 27 (Dromadaire exaspéré),1942
  • Abstraction no 28, 1942
  • Abstraction no 29, 1942
  • Abstraction no 30 (Cri dans la nuit), 1942
  • Abstraction no 31, 1942
  • Abstraction no 32, 1942
  • Abstraction no 33, 1942
  • Abstraction no 34 (Un Picasso), 1942
  • Abstraction no 35 (Arlequin ou Pierrot), 1942
  • Abstraction no 36 (Deux masques), 1942
  • Abstraction no 37 (La Grenouille), 1942
  • Abstraction no 38 (Mandoline), 1942
  • Abstraction no 39 (La Madone aux pamplemousses ou Chevalier moderne), 1942
  • Abstraction no 40, 1942
  • Abstraction no 41, 1942
  • Abstraction no 42 (Les Trois Formes hérissées), 1942
  • Abstraction no 43, 1942
  • Abstraction no 44 (Arlequin), 1942
  • Abstraction no 45 (Le Rêveur violet), 1942

Borduas meets Claude Gauvreau, (Écrits I, p. 31).

September 18 - November 8

Participates with 37 Canadian artists in the traveling exhibition Aspects of Contemporary Painting in Canada organised by Bartlett Hayes Jr. at the Addison Gallery of American Art. First presented in Andover (Mass.), this exhibition circulates until December 1943 to eight other American cities (Écrits I, p. 31): Northampton (Mass.); Washington (D.C.); Detroit (Mich.); Baltimore (Maryland); San Francisco (Calif.); Portland (Oregon); Seattle (Wash.) Toledo (Ohio), (Gagnon, 1978, p. 474; 1988, p. 469). Borduas exhibits:

  • No. 3 Nature morte aux oignons, 1941
  • No. 4 Abstraction no 13, 1942
  • No. 5 Abstraction 14, 1942
November

Publishes Fusain in Amérique française; the article discusses a work by painter Jacques De Tonnancour (Écrits I, p. 31).

November 8 - 29

Participates in the traveling exhibition Contemporary Arts Society. First presented in Montreal in the Lecture Hall (or Galerie des Arts) of the Art Association, this exhibition circulates to Ottawa, Kingston and Quebec City through April 1943 (Écrits I, p. 31; Gagnon, 1978, p. 474; 1988, p. 470). Borduas exhibits:

  • Tête casquée, 1941
  • Nature morte (feuilles et fruits), 1941
  • Gouache no 48, 1942
  • Femme à la mandoline, 1941

Only Tête casquée and Gouache no 48 are exhibited in all venues.

November 10

Conference for the members of the Société d'étude et de conférences titled Des mille manières de goûter une œuvre d'art is held at the Prince-of-Wales Salon of the Windsor Hotel (Écrits I, p. 31).

November 24 - December 31

The exhibition Aspects of Contemporary Painting in Canada organised by Bartlett Hayes Jr. and first presented in 1942 in Andover (Mass.) at the Addison Gallery of American Art), shows in Northampton (Mass.) at the Tryon Art Gallery of Smith College The exhibition then travels to the following cities through December 1943: Washington (D.C.), Detroit (Mich.), Baltimore (Md.), San Francisco (Calif.), Portland (Oregon), Seattle (Wash.) and Toledo (Ohio), (Écrits I, p. 31; Gagnon, 1978, p. 474; 1988, p. 469). Borduas exhibits:

  • No. 3 Nature morte aux oignons, 1941
  • No. 4 Abstraction no 13, 1942
  • No. 5 Abstraction no 14, 1942
December 19, 1942 - January 14, 1943

The traveling exhibition Contemporary Arts Society (first presented in Montreal in November 1942 at the Lecture Hall (or Galerie des Arts) of the Art Association), is shown at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. The exhibition then travels to Kingston and Quebec City through April 1943 (Écrits I, p. 31; Gagnon, 1978, p. 474; 1988, p. 470).

Only Tête casquée and Gouache no 48 are exhibited in all venues.