"In the first half of the twentieth century Ozias Leduc (1864–1955) was one of Quebec’s most important painters. He was born three years before the signing of the British North America Act and died just as the signs of the Quiet Revolution were beginning to appear. Yet he was not a transitional figure; instead, he embodied continuity. The changes that appear in his work reflect the sociocultural transformations that marked his lifelong focus on the centrality of art. For Leduc, the purpose of art was to manifest humanity’s highest values, and these were expressed through beauty. His legacy is defined by an artistic ideal centred on research and study: to achieve a greater knowledge of the self. Leduc profoundly affected Canadian art, not only through the work he created but also through the lasting impression he left on his students. "