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BLANCHE BOLDUC & THE CHARLEVOIX FOLK PAINTERS

  
 
After our first family vacation to La Malbaie - Murray Bay almost 50 years ago the lure of its magnificence obliged our return for many summers to come. Friends with whom we are still in touch from those years remember accurately Dad as either winner or runner-up in the tennis tournaments held at the Manoir Richelieu and at the Murray Bay Golf Club. It was in La Malbaie that Dad first became familiar with René Richard's paintings, leading to a professional relationship between them. Many of our friends, who unlike us owned homes in the Charlevoix area, had paintings on their walls by Yvonne Bolduc, Blanche Bolduc, Edith Bouchard, Marie-Cécile Bouchard, S. Mary Bouchard, and Robert Cauchon many of whom today would be referred to as ‘’les peintres naïf de Charlevoix’’.

Whereas we have always had respect for these artists they have never been a particular specialty of our gallery. Recent discussions and conversations with others both from the museum curatorial perspective and that of the private collector we became more convinced of the significance of these artists as artists representative of a time and in a certain place, maybe indicative of a socio-economic window of a region, its inhabitants and visitors. Our focus primarily with Blanche Bolduc is not intended to position her as the best or the leader of 'les peintres naïf' but she certainly serves as an excellent study of these artists, their motivation, inspiration and the market they cultivated.

The text, well researched and excellently penned, is provided by Serge Gauthier, Ph.D., Historian and ethnologist, and President of the Charlevoix Historical Society. His analysis and subsequent conclusions are very much a revelation to us, certainly not what we would have anticipated six months ago when we embarked on this project. It is important to acknowledge the participation of Dr. Jean-Luc Dupuis, celebrated family medicine practitioner at L’Hôpital de La Malbaie and also founder of the Musée de Charlevoix. For those of you who will have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Dupuis in any capacity you will know that his enthusiasm is infectious and that he motivates people to get things done properly and efficiently. Noteworthy also is the support of Annie Breton, Directrice générale of the Musée de Charlevoix. Finally, of course, we are especially grateful to the various lenders of works of art who have made this exhibition possible.

Alan Klinkhoff
September, 2011


Download the Blanche Bolduc & The Charlevoix Folk Painters catalogue free (PDF)
Catalogue text written by Serge Gauthier, Ph.D.
Historian and ethnologist
President, Société d’histoire de Charlevoix
Researcher at the Centre de recherche sur l’histoire et le patrimoine de Charlevoix

  
  
 
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Winter Landscape
Oil on masonite 11.1/2" x 19.1/2"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Playing Solitaire, 1976
Oil on masonite 9.3/4" x 14"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Mother Cooking
Oil on masonite 8" x 10"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Going to Vespers
Oil on masonite 12.1/2" x 20.1/2"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - The Doctor's Visit
Oil on masonite 13.5/8" x 25.1/4"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
The Barbershop
Oil on masonite 10" x 21.1/2"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Getting Ready for School, 1968
Oil on masonite 13.3/4" x 18.3/8"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Seminarian Returning Home, 1974
Oil on panel 10.1/4" x 21.1/2"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
The Wedding, Baie St. Paul
Oil on masonite 13.1/8" x 25.1/4"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
My School, Baie St. Paul
Oil on masonite 13.3/4" x 18"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Baking Pies, Aug. 6, 1971
Oil on masonite 12.1/2" x 20.1/2"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Artist at Easel
Oil on masonite 10" x 10"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Baking Pies, 1966
Oil on board 15.1/4" x 19.3/8"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Playing Cards
Oil on masonite 12.1/2" x 24.1/2"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Family Meal
Oil on masonite 13.1/2" x 22"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Family Meal, 1977
Oil on masonite 16" x 20"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Family Blessing
Oil on masonite 12" x 22"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Sunday Afternoon
Oil on masonite 10.3/4" x 19"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Baking Bread
Oil on masonite 12" x 16"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Red Sleigh
Oil on masonite 12" x 16"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Interior with Stove
Oil on board 12.3/4" x 19.1/4"
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Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Reading the Newspaper
Oil on canvas board 10" x 8"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Blanche Bolduc
Blanche Bolduc (1907-1998)
Untitled - Cleaning the House, 1974
Oil on masonite 12" x 24.1/2"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Edith Bouchard
Edith Bouchard (1924-2009)
Laundry Day, 1942
Oil on masonite 16.1/2" x 22"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Marie-Cecile Bouchard
Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Untitled - Flowers in Red Background
Oil on canvas board 15.1/2" x 17.1/4"
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Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Winter Sleigh Ride
Oil on canvas 15" x 17"
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Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Family Dinner
Oil on canvas 16" x 24"
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Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Flowers in Red Background
Oil on board 15" x 13.1/2"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Marie-Cecile Bouchard
Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Interior with Blue Armoire
Oil on canvas board 14" x 16.3/4"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Marie-Cecile Bouchard
Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Untitled - Interior with Red Armoire
Oil on board 8" x 10.5/8"
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Marie-Cecile Bouchard (1920-1973)
Untitled - Boy with Geese
Oil on board 11.3/4" x 15.3/4"
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Simone-Mary Bouchard (1912-1945)
Untitled - Flowers in Light Blue Background
Oil on canvas 21" x 21"
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Simone-Mary Bouchard (1912-1945)
Family at Work, c. 1940
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Simone-Mary Bouchard (1912-1945)
Bouquet of Flowers in Blue Background
Oil on canvas 23.1/2" x 19.1/4"
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Galerie Alan Klinkhoff - Robert Cauchon
Robert Cauchon (1916-1969)
La promenade, Clermont, Charlevoix
Watercolour 14.3/8" x 22.1/2"
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