The Pilgrim King
Silkscreen Print on 100% Cotton Acid-Free Paper
12 3/8 x 18 1/2 in.
Print run - 70 copies
Jean-Philippe Dallaire (1916-1965) was born in Hull, Québec. He started drawing at the age of eleven. Although he attended art classes in various cities, he was mostly self-taught. He is best known for his festive paintings populated by strange and macabre people.
Dallaire was a representational painter despite an interest in abstraction. In 1938, with a stipend from the Québec government, Dallaire traveled to Paris to attend the Atelier d'art sacré, and the Lhote studio. He also worked in his own studio in Montmartre. In France, he became familiar with the work of Picasso, the surrealists and the Canadian artist, Alfred Pellan. The works from this period are characterized by their strong architectural motifs and flattened planes. In 1945, Dallaire returned to Canada. He taught painting at the École des beaux-arts in Québec City, and worked for the National film Board in Ottawa, where he illustrated short educational films. Many works from this period were also commissioned murals.
Dallaire was inspired by Italian theatre, mythological figures, surrealism, synthetic cubism and art brut. In 1959, Dallaire returned to France where he spent the last years of his life in Vence. The works from this period are characterized by their festive air, and highly schematic forms and rich colours. In 1968 the first retrospective exhibition of his work was held at the Musée d’art contemporain in Montréal and the Musée du Québec in Québec City.