JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, R.C.A.
Private Collection, Quebec
Lauren Walker and Stéphanie Moreau, (eds.), Homage to Jean-Paul Lemieux, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2004.
Jean-Paul Lemieux (1904-1990) is unique among Canadian Moderns. Distinguished by his depictions of isolated figures displaced in stark landscapes, Lemieux’s paintings are often stoked with mystery on the edge of being revealed. This sense of capturing the moment “just before” or “just after” creates an intense emotion in the viewer. Les Médecins is no exception. The faces of the three figures are indistinct or hidden from the viewer, providing no indication of the nature of their discussion. Are all three figures doctors? Is the prognosis good or troubling? This feeling of isolation in moments of crisis or relief are existential moments and are a primary concern in many of Lemieux works. According to the artist, “... I try to express the solitude we all have to live with, and in each painting, the inner world of my memories. My external surroundings only interest me because they allow me to paint my inner world.”