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Ulysse Comtois

Décor

1965
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is presented in the outdoor site at the Musée de Lachine. It is an abstract sculpture made of welded steel plates whose surface is completely covered with painted motifs in red, white, green, and black. The volume is composed of two polyhedrons with flat surfaces, assembled more or less perpendicular to each other.

Décor is part of the series of sculpted and painted works that Comtois began in 1964. The coloured motifs that cover the artwork trick the viewer’s eye by changing the reading of the volume. They also create a playful effect and help to place the work in a register that is both geometric and organic.
Associated events
In 1983, the artwork was in the exhibition Ulysse Comtois 1952-1982, presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. It was then installed on the artist’s property, and it was acquired by the Musée de Lachine in the early 2000s.
Ulysse Comtois
Ulysse Comtois was born in Granby in 1931 and studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. Affiliated with the Automatists, he participated in two of their exhibitions: La matière chante (1954) and Espace 55 (1955). In 1968, alongside Guido Molinari, Comtois represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. The retrospective exhibition Ulysse Comtois 1952-1982 was presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1983. Comtois died in Montréal in 1999. Two years later, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presented the exhibition Dessins inédits.
Awards and honours
  • Prix Louis-Philippe Hébert, décerné par la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, 1991
  • Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, 1978
  • Prix de la Province de Québec, 1964
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is presented in the outdoor site at the Musée de Lachine. It is an abstract sculpture made of welded steel plates whose surface is completely covered with painted motifs in red, white, green, and black. The volume is composed of two polyhedrons with flat surfaces, assembled more or less perpendicular to each other.

Décor is part of the series of sculpted and painted works that Comtois began in 1964. The coloured motifs that cover the artwork trick the viewer’s eye by changing the reading of the volume. They also create a playful effect and help to place the work in a register that is both geometric and organic.
Associated events
In 1983, the artwork was in the exhibition Ulysse Comtois 1952-1982, presented at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. It was then installed on the artist’s property, and it was acquired by the Musée de Lachine in the early 2000s.
Ulysse Comtois
Ulysse Comtois was born in Granby in 1931 and studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. Affiliated with the Automatists, he participated in two of their exhibitions: La matière chante (1954) and Espace 55 (1955). In 1968, alongside Guido Molinari, Comtois represented Canada at the Venice Biennale. The retrospective exhibition Ulysse Comtois 1952-1982 was presented by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 1983. Comtois died in Montréal in 1999. Two years later, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec presented the exhibition Dessins inédits.
Awards and honours
  • Prix Louis-Philippe Hébert, décerné par la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste, 1991
  • Prix Paul-Émile Borduas, 1978
  • Prix de la Province de Québec, 1964
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1965
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Welded, painted
Materials
Steel
General dimensions
134 x 65 x 97 cm
Décor
Borough
Lachine
Building
Musée de Lachine
Park
Parc du musée de Lachine
Civic address
1, chemin du Musée, Lachine (Québec) H8S 4L9