Paul-Émile Borduas and Les enfants de Refus global

Watch a compelling National Film Board documentary on the radical Québecois genius

Paul-Émile Borduas in Paris, c. 1955. Photographer unknown. Photo courtesy of MCAM

Paul-Émile Borduas (above) was one of Canada’s first abstract painters and his Refus global manifesto, a cry for freedom of expression, remains a pillar of the French Canadian artistic perspective. Below is a terrific documentary from the National Film Board about Borduas and his movement. Preview the ACI’s Paul-Émile Borduas: Life and Work by Francois-Marc Gagnon here.