Leon Bellefleur R.C.A.

Fleurs a Mortefontaine, 1964

oil on canvas
15x18 in.
$6,000 Cdn.

Galerie Perrault, Quebec City
Private collection, Edmonton

Bellefleur’s works are often centered in the trappings of childhood: play, games, spontaneity, and naïve creativity. He was experimental, interested in the act of art making, the response of creative individual to paper, paint and canvas, and sensitive especially to surface, texture and composition. His works often have a centrally
focused theme, wherein paint builds and moves out from the centre of the work, sometimes with a
sense of purpose, in other works, as pure paint on canvas. He said, “When I step in from of my canvas,
I have nothing prepared. I am naked: I am completely free. I don’t have a subject in mind, nor a title, not
even a colour scheme. Nothing.”

We thank Lisa Christensen for contributing this essay

Described by Paul Duval as a bridge between the prevailing influences of Paul Emile Borduas and Alfred Pellan, Montreal -born Léon Bellefleur is remembered for his richly textured abstractions and a historically precocious sense of fantasy. After receiving his teaching diploma in 1929 Bellefleur enrolled in evening classes at the…