“I like Ozias Leduc’s Green Apples. The color of his painting, the liveliness of the apples that appear as if they were actually in front of my eyes, and the harmony of the distant view behind the apple tree are beautiful. I wanted to draw one of my favorite foods inspired by his paintings. Bibimbap came to my mind since it is one of my favourite traditional Korean dishes. It is a dish made by adding various ingredients such as meat and vegetables to rice and mixing it with various seasonings, which results in a unique taste of flavours created by combining different ingredients. I think this is somehow similar to Canada, where diverse people live together to make combination and variety. I imagined a bowl of Bibimbap placed on a wooden table, reminding me of the onions on the table in another Ozias Leduc painting.”
—Joanne Kim (Grade 7, Bluenose Academy, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia)
Largely self-taught, Ozias Leduc (1864–1955) was one of Quebec’s most important painters. Imbued with modernist principles and yet distinct from artistic trends of his time, his poetic still-life works are a continued source of inspiration.