Michèle Grandbois is currently an independent researcher. She holds a doctorate in history from the Université Laval à Québec, and she taught art history before moving to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in 1987 as curator of the Museum’s collection of works on paper, and then of its collection of modern art. She retired from the Museum in 2014.
In addition to her activities in documentation, public representation, and expansion of the Museum’s collections, Grandbois coordinated, directed, or co-directed some thirty exhibitions during her time as curator. She is the author of numerous monographs on Canadian artists, including Jean Dallaire, Clarence Gagnon, and Jean Paul Lemieux. Among her thematic writings are L’art québécois de l’estampe, 1945-1990 and, co-written with Anna Hudson, The Nude in Modern Canadian Art 1920–1950 (Le nu dans l’art moderne canadien, 1920-1950), winners in 1996 and 2011 respectively of the Award for Excellence in Research from the Association des musées canadiens. She was general editor of the book Marc-Aurèle Fortin. The Experience of Colour (Marc-Aurèle Fortin: L’expérience de la couleur), which was awarded the Marcel Couture Prize at the 2011 Salon du Livre in Montreal. Her last project as curator of the Museum was the exhibition Morrice and Lyman in the Company of Matisse (Morrice et Lyman en compagnie de Matisse), presented in Quebec City in the summer of 2014.
Always seeking deeper understanding, and animated by her desire to create greater public awareness of art history, Michèle Grandbois now devotes herself to writing projects, including a chronology of the development of Canadian art through the twentieth century.