Louis Nicolas Life & Work by François-Marc Gagnon
Release date: April 2017


The first known artist to depict the place that became Canada, Louis Nicolas (1634–1682), a Jesuit missionary priest, arrived in New France in 1664. Fascinated by the wildlife and indigenous peoples, he created hand-drawn illustrations for a book that today is called the Codex canadensis.

François-Marc Gagnon is an art historian and retired Professor Emeritus who has published extensively on Canadian art.






GAUCHE : Louis Nicolas, Codex canadensis, page 68. Jacques Cartier, marin de St-Malo fut envoyé en Nouvelle-France par François 1er Roi de France et de Navarre, qui le nomma chef d’escadre pour aller découvrir la situation du fleuve St-Laurent et de la Nouvelle-France, illustration du Codex canadensis, v. 1700, encre sur papier, Gilcrease Museum. DROITE : Louis Nicolas, Codex canadensis, page 67, v. 1700, encre sur papier, Gilcrease Museum. BOOK COVER: Louis Nicolas, Codex canadensis, page 41, v. 1700, encre sur papier, Gilcrease Museum.

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