Following Jean-Baptiste Lagacé’s footsteps in Montreal from the 1890s to 1944
Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal
Curator: Olga Hazan, Associate Professor, UQAM and Université Laval

This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the discipline of Art History in Canada. Jean-Baptiste Lagacé (1868-1946), to whom this exhibition is devoted, was the first Canadian university professor of Art History. On Sunday evenings, he also provided the public with free courses on aesthetics and art history. On top of his other activities as a painter and writer, he produced 36 large illustrations of a History of Canada which were used in the classroom and had a tremendous impact on several generations of francophone schoolchildren in Quebec. Lagacé was also the creator of the historiated stained-glass windows in the basilica of Notre-Dame de Montreal, and of a drawing method that was used for decades in the Quebec French primary schools.

This exhibition situates a great pioneer in the context of his times, and reminds us of the importance he had on the imagination of his fellow citizens. Lagacé spent his life recreating and reshaping history, both with his pen and with his brush, while teaching and writing about a world history of art, and drawing or painting episodes of Canadian history. Following the footsteps of this important actor in Montreal’s cultural history sheds light on the conditions in which the discipline of art history started emerging in Montreal in the late 1890’s.

Date of the opening : Sunday August 22nd 2004 (for more information see the link below)
Time : from 5 to 9 pm

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