LÉON BELLEFLEUR, R.C.A.
Galerie Agnès Lefort, Montreal
Private Collection, Newfoundland
Guy Robert, Bellefleur: The Fervour of the Quest, Iconia, Montreal, 1988, page 9.
Leon Bellefleur (1910-2007) believed “the most important thing is not what we see, but what we imagine.” To him, the conscious and subconscious could intermingle in limitless ways. Bellefleur moved freely between ideologies and his interest in Surrealism, esoterism, and poetry inform his distinct style. In Mascarade we enter a world of dream-logic. Long, swooping lines of teal and green lead us through Bellefleur’s inner world. A swath of yellow becomes a body to a smiling creature, long lanky black strokes the eyelashes or sharp teeth. The cool tones in the painting hold mystery; upon closer exmination, wonderful details are observable, pointing to further associations. Motifs ebb and flow. A red backdrop is the curtain to a dance of illusions.