For more than six decades—from the time he left the École des beaux-arts in Montreal at the beginning of the 1930s until his late career at the end of the 1980s—Jean Paul Lemieux practised painting that reflected a highly personal vision of Quebec, in landscape, portraits, narrative, and religious scenes. His thoughtful approach led him toward a deepening formal purity, culminating in the celebrated images of what is now called his classic period, between 1956 and 1970. These key works show an artist who unceasingly sought to renew the figurative painting of his time.

  • Afternoon Sunlight

    Afternoon Sunlight 1933

  • Those Beautiful Days

    Those Beautiful Days 1937

  • Lazarus

    Lazarus 1941

  • The Ursuline Nuns

    The Ursuline Nuns 1951

  • The Evening Visitor

    The Evening Visitor 1956

  • The Orphan

    The Orphan 1956

  • Summer in Montreal

    Summer in Montreal 1959

  • 1910 Remembered

    1910 Remembered 1962

  • Julie and the Universe

    Julie and the Universe 1965

  • The Express

    The Express 1968

  • The Aftermath/La ville détruite

    The Aftermath/La ville détruite 1968

  • Self-Portrait

    Self-Portrait 1974

  • Turned Towards the Cosmos

    Turned Towards the Cosmos c. 1980–85

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