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André Robert

Un maître et ses élèves devenus artistes

May 25 to August 4, 2013

Looking at the work of André Robert, one recognises European, American and Quebec influences, references to high moments in the visual arts. One thinks in particular of Vasarely’s Optical Art, Warhol’s Pop Art, psychedelic painting, Impressionism and Pointillism. The drawing is mastered, the proportions irreproachable, the way the weight is balanced is striking, and most of the time the line is curved to the point that one can easily imagine the artist’s gesture, the flick of his wrist typical of his work, being felt by the viewer like a sensation of movement, of rotation. From the beginning of his career, André Robert has worked with a solid familiarity with the great painters – Goya, Bosch, Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Seurat – and the avant-garde painters – Braque, Picasso. Here, we see the influence of Van Gogh; there, Pollock’s drippings, although Robert does not use the dripping technique, but rather his faithful narrow brush. Closer to home, we should remark that Riopelle and Pellan were part of his field of exploration. Today we find in the studio of this accomplished painter and prolific artist, in the basement of his Maskoutain home, an impressive number of abstract and figurative works created over a long period, the oldest among them dating to the early 1960s. In 2012, at the age of 72, he is still painting. Despite the fact that his fingers no longer obey him with as much docility as before, he creates large abstract paintings in which the gestures for which he is known can be seen.

This exhibition at EXPRESSION pays tribute to an artist and teacher who, in the 1970s, infected three students at the Saint Hyacinthe seminary who today, each in their own way, have become artists with undeniable recognition from their peers: Dominique Gaucher, Éric Lamontagne and Claude Millette. The decision to hang the work in a manner reminiscent of an eighteenth-century Salon also enables us to present a few works by “young artists” amongst the multitude of works by the “master” who inspired in his students a taste for creating works of art.

Presentation on Saturday, May 25, at 2pm
Opening \ Launch on Saturday, May 25, at 3pm