Estelle Fleury-Original Painting, "Life and Love" - $360 (Markham)

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This original work of art is by a talented Quebec artist: Estelle Fleury. This work is part of a series titled: “Life and Love” exhibited at the Galerie Moos in Montreal in 1969 as part of a solo exhibition. The theme of the exhibition was based on a poem by French surrealist poet Louis Aragon (1897-1982): “The nearness of you makes me spring”. The exhibition catalogue states the following about the artist and her series: “Her paintings are like poetry. Her words are expressed in colors and she paints Love and Life because she loves life”. The composition is of two conjoined, back to back, seated female nudes enveloped in a slightly opaque veil. The nude closest to the viewer displays her breasts while the other nude displays her buttocks. The piercing large eyes, of the two figures, are the focal points of this, somewhat surreal, image. The soft pastel colors exude femininity. The execution of the nudes was done tastefully, devoid of eroticism. The artist must have been influenced by the Women’s Liberation Movement which in the 1960’s spread in the West, Canada and in Quebec. The two nudes are likely an expression of women’s liberation/feminism and the artist is likely conveying a message with this work. The slightly opaque veil, the facial expression of the sitters, and one of the nudes looking over her shoulder may suggest that in 1969 “Liberation” is still a work in progress i.e.: “we women have made progress but we are not fully liberated yet”.


Title: Nudes
Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 18”x12” (image); 22” x16” (framed)
Date: 1968-9
Signature: Signed lower right. Galerie label verso
Condition: Very good
Framing: Dusty antique gold colored wood molding.

Provenance: This work of art is part of a series titled: “Life and Love” exhibited at the Galerie Moos in Montreal in 1969. It was purchased by the original owner from the exhibition (a few days after it started). The owner kept it at home in Montreal for 50 years, eventually selling it to an antique dealer and then to the current owner. Original purchase receipt available.

Asking Price: $360.00 OR BEST SERIOUS OFFER

About the Artist: Estelle Fleury was born in Quebec City. Estelle Fleury studied art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Québec in 1943. In the late 1950’s she studied art for two years under Paavo Airola (1918-83) RCA. She then continued on to specialize in painting and drawing at the Ateliers d’art de Quebec from 1963 to 1966, as well as engraving at McGill University, in Montreal, in 1974. She taught painting at College Ste-Foy, Quebec, from 1962 to 1972. Estelle paints mainly female figures, either individually or in groups. One of her strongest artistic skills is a superb understanding of relationships between colors. Her works are found in several collections in Quebec and Ontario, and she exhibited throughout her life in galleries and museums in Quebec.

She has exhibited widely e.g.;

• 1989 - Galerie Franklin Silverstone, Montreal, QC
• 1987 - Musée Laurier, Victoriaville, QC
• 1985 - Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Montreal, QC
• 1984 - Museum of Fine Arts Gallery, Montreal, QC
• 1984 - Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal, QC
• 1982 - Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal, QC
• 1971 - Café des artistes, Montreal
• 1971 - Galerie des peintures québecoises, Companie d’assurance “Les artisans de Montréal”, QC
• 1969 - Radio Canada, Montreal, QC
• 1969 - Galerie Moos, Montreal QC
• 1967 - Galerie Moos, Montreal, QC
• 1964 - Ateliers d’art de l’académie de Québec


Estelle Fleury’s work is in many collections e.g.:

Bélanger, Sauvé, Law Firm Montreal, QC
Bran Garber Collections, Toronto, ON, and Montreal, QC
Charles Parent, Montreal, QC
Claridge Collection, Charles Bronfman, Montreal, QC
Fasten, Martineau, Walker, Montreal, Law Firm QC
Monette, Barakett, Lévesque & Associates, Montreal, QC

About Louis Aragon: Louis Aragon (1897 – 1982) was a French poet, who was one of the leading voices of the surrealist movement in France, who co-founded with André Breton and Philippe Soupault the surrealist review Littérature. He was also a novelist and editor, a long-time member of the Communist Party and a member of the Académie Goncourt.

The Women's liberation Movement (WLM): was a political alignment of women and feminist intellectualism that emerged in the late 1960’s and continued into the 1980’s primarily in the industrialized nations of the Western world, which affected great change (political, intellectual, cultural) throughout the world. The WLM branch of radical feminism, based in contemporary philosophy, comprised women of racially- and culturally-diverse backgrounds who proposed that economic, psychological, and social freedom were necessary for women to progress from being second-class citizens in their societies.
In Canada and the United States, the movement developed out of the Civil Rights Movement, Anti-War sentiment toward the Vietnam War, the Native Rights Movement and the New Left student movement of the 1960’s. Between 1965 and 1966, papers presented at meetings of the Students for a Democratic Society and articles published in journals, such as the Canadian Random began advocating for women to embark on a path of self-discovery free from male scrutiny. In 1967, the first Women's Liberation organizations formed in major cities like Berkeley, Boston, Chicago, New York City and Toronto and quickly spread across both countries.
In Quebec, coinciding with the quiet revolution in the 1960’s, liberal feminism took hold. The Women’s Liberation Movement sought to reform the existing system to meet women's needs better and thereby achieve equality between men and women. They focused on fighting prejudices and bringing down barriers to women's advancement, whether in politics, education or the workplace. They also contributed to the sexual revolution by encouraging women to learn more about sexuality and to embrace sexual liberation.

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