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F. Maurice Lemieux

Éclosion

1972
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is on display in the Musée de Lachine’s outdoor exhibition site, which is home to more than 50 monumental sculptures. The sculpture, made of steel painted bright yellow, is composed of five curved elements assembled symmetrically on a stem planted in the ground.

Although abstract, the sculpture evokes a flower in full bloom. Those who knew Lemieux remember him as a lover of nature who was always trying to bring organic forms into his abstract compositions. With this floral theme, the artwork is harmoniously integrated with its presentation site.
Associated events
Presented for the first time in 1972 during an exhibition at Manoir Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, in Montréal, the artwork was placed in the Musée de Lachine’s outdoor exhibition site in 1998. It was purchased from the Lemieux heirs in 2001 by Maxime Charrette, who assumed the cost of its restoration and donated it to the Lachine borough in 2002.
F. Maurice Lemieux
After attending the École d’Arts et Métiers de Valleyfield, Maurice Lemieux (1931–94) produced his first sculptures in the 1950s. He participated in the Madrid Biennale in 1957 and created an imposing wall sculpture for the Séminaire Saint-Jean-Iberville (today CÉGEP Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) in 1961. Between 1964 and 1971, he lived in Los Angeles, where he developed a new material that he called “aluminum foam.” In the early 1980s, he created Calcite, a permanent artwork for the De la Savane Métro station in Montréal.
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is on display in the Musée de Lachine’s outdoor exhibition site, which is home to more than 50 monumental sculptures. The sculpture, made of steel painted bright yellow, is composed of five curved elements assembled symmetrically on a stem planted in the ground.

Although abstract, the sculpture evokes a flower in full bloom. Those who knew Lemieux remember him as a lover of nature who was always trying to bring organic forms into his abstract compositions. With this floral theme, the artwork is harmoniously integrated with its presentation site.
Associated events
Presented for the first time in 1972 during an exhibition at Manoir Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, in Montréal, the artwork was placed in the Musée de Lachine’s outdoor exhibition site in 1998. It was purchased from the Lemieux heirs in 2001 by Maxime Charrette, who assumed the cost of its restoration and donated it to the Lachine borough in 2002.
F. Maurice Lemieux
After attending the École d’Arts et Métiers de Valleyfield, Maurice Lemieux (1931–94) produced his first sculptures in the 1950s. He participated in the Madrid Biennale in 1957 and created an imposing wall sculpture for the Séminaire Saint-Jean-Iberville (today CÉGEP Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu) in 1961. Between 1964 and 1971, he lived in Los Angeles, where he developed a new material that he called “aluminum foam.” In the early 1980s, he created Calcite, a permanent artwork for the De la Savane Métro station in Montréal.
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Variation of title
Note: L'œuvre était initialement sans-titre, son titre actuel a été attribué par l'ayant droit de Maurice Lemieux.
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1972
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Cut out; bent; welded; bolted; painted
Materials
Steel
General dimensions
258 x 142 x 202 cm
Éclosion
Borough
Lachine
Building
Musée de Lachine
Park
Parc du musée de Lachine
Civic address
1, chemin du Musée, Lachine (Québec) H8S 4L9