Promenade d'octobre (October walk)
One of our favorite artists is Canadian Claude Theberge. Tim and I discovered his work in a darling boutique when wandering through the cobbled streets of Old Towne Montreal in January 2007. We fell in love with his work and bought half a dozen prints, five of which adorn our walls. Sadly, we learned today that Mr. Theberge passed away in May 2008 after a long illness. Enclosed is some samples of his work. You’ll see he loves to work with umbrellas, animals, flying sashes and the wind. Enjoy.
Here is an excerpt from an article on Theberge by CBC:
“He was a man of great intellect and spirit,” [close friend Gilles] Quenneville said in an interview.
“One of the greatest painters Canada has ever seen,” he added. “There was immense talent and spirituality behind his work.”
For years, he divided his time between Montreal and Paris, while creating art that explored various styles, including abstraction and surrealism. He also held a post as a graphic designer for UNESCO in Paris.
Théberge believed that art should be brought out of the museums and into the streets. One of his initiatives included founding a workshop that worked to integrate art into urban environments.
La Maman bernache (mother goose)
Le Bord de mer (the seashore)
And my most beloved of Theberge’s work – “Resurrection”
L'aube (the dawn)
To see more of Theberge’s work, visit his website at http://www.claudetheberge.com. There is also another wonderful tribute to his art at http://users.ez2.net/kona99/Theberge.htm