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PAUL CARON, A.R.C.A. (1874-1941)

 
 
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Paul Caron
Place d'Youville, Montréal (Pioneers' Obelisk), circa 1920
Watercolour 11 1/2" x 15" (Sold)
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PAUL A. CARON A.R.C.A. (1874-1941) was a highly accomplished newspaper illustrator of the early 20th century. The creative painting he did out of the office left a legacy of watercolours of significant urban interest of the period and outstanding in quality.

Paul A. Caron was one of the numerous artists whose formation began at the Art Association of Montreal under the tutelage of William Brymner and Maurice Cullen. His professional career was primarily as an illustrator for the Montreal newspapers La Presse and then The Montreal Star, the now defunct but long-lived English language afternoon daily.

Paul Caron’s foremost creative accomplishments are his Montreal urban compositions, showing Montrealers of the day in an identifiable place. Consequently, we are showing two particularly interesting watercolours as optimum examples: Old Government Building and Shops Corner of St. Gabriel and Craig Street, Montreal and Skiers, Mount Royal, both circa 1920. It is also noteworthy that in these brilliant watercolours of the winter season, the artist uses the paper itself with an absence of medium to describe much of the content.

At the Art Association of Montreal’s Annual Spring Exhibitions of 1931 and 1937, Paul A. Caron twice won the Jessie Dow Prize for excellence in watercolour, among the most prestigious at the time. He exhibited with the important associations of his day including RCA, Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), the Ontario Society of Artists (OSA), the Art Association of Montreal (AAM), was a member of Montreal’s Pen and Pencil Club, and was elected as an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts (RCA) in 1939.

Although fashions change and the skyline Caron describes has since grown, Montrealers living downtown and who still enjoy cross-country skiing on the mountain can recognise the track he paints for his Skiers almost a century after he executed this skillful watercolour.

Old Government Building and Shops, Corner of St. Gabriel and Craig Streets is an especially fine vignette of Montreal of the day and the area in what we now refer to as Old Montreal, where Caron and his peer John Young Johnstone A.R.C.A. (1887-1930) found outstanding material for composition. The intersection shown here has since disappeared, smothered by the Montreal Courthouse which was built between 1965 and 1975, occupying the square between Saint-Laurent, Notre-Dame, Saint-Gabriel and Craig (today’s rue Saint-Antoine).

Craig Street was the main thoroughfare of Old Montreal and the suburban area known as Faubourg Saint-Antoine, later Saint-Antoine Ward, the area west of where now stands Victoria Square and what were the original boundaries of Montreal. In 1976, at a time when the government of the Parti Québécois and the municipality of Montreal renamed many streets after French figures and places, Craig Street was christened rue Saint-Antoine to bear the same name as its western portion

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Paul Caron
Skiers, Mount Royal, circa 1920
Watercolour 12" x 16" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Old Government Building and Shops Corner of St. Gabriel and Craig Street, Montreal, circa 1920
Watercolour 12" x 16" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Back Courtyard, Cabbies, Montreal, c. 1920
Watercolour 10.1/8" x 14.3/16" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Old House, Lachine
Oil on panel 4 3/4" x 7" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Fruit and Flower Vendors, Bonsecours Market, Montreal
Oil on panel 5 1/8" x 6 15/16" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Rue Bonsecours, Montreal
Oil on panel 5" x 6 9/16" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Old Buildings, Quebec
Oil on panel 5 1/2" x 7 1/8" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Merry Christmas
Watercolour 4" x 5" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
Chateau de Ramezay
Oil on panel 5 1/8" x 7" (Sold)
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Paul Caron
At Bonsecours Market, Montreal
Watercolour 15" x 22" (Sold)
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