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Sylvie Bouchard

Gilles

2007
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork blends perfectly with the aerial space in the lobby of the Marcel-Giroux community centre, thanks to the trompe-l’oeil treatment of an architectural element that helps to create a direct relationship between the painting and the site.
The artist has produced a triptych the themes of which are landscape, the human figure, and the theatre. The work brings together images that amalgamate various registers of the pictorial tradition. For instance, the forest views become, in a sense, a refuge in which characters from the theatre world, here the commedia dell’arte character Gilles, generates a visual order that is not strictly narrative but also allegorical. The subject of a painting by Watteau titled Pierrot dit Le Gilles (1718), the character has historically symbolized melancholy. Portrayed here as a puppet, he references the transformative power of artistic creation.
Associated events
The project was produced in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of the implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Sylvie Bouchard
Sylvie Bouchard studied visual arts at the University of Ottawa and philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since the 1980s, she has distinguished herself on the art scene and participated in the renewal of figurative painting in Quebec. Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions, among them a solo exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2005. Her works are in many collections, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse de création, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2007
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 2006
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 2004
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 2000
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 1998
  • Bourse A (courte durée), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 1993
  • Bourse A (courte durée), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 1992
  • Bourse A (courte durée), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 1990
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1996
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1992
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1989
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1988
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1984
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1983
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1982
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1994
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1991
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1988
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1986
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1985
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1994
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1991
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1988
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1987
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1985
  • Bourse accessibilité, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1988
  • Bourse accessibilité, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1984
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork blends perfectly with the aerial space in the lobby of the Marcel-Giroux community centre, thanks to the trompe-l’oeil treatment of an architectural element that helps to create a direct relationship between the painting and the site.
The artist has produced a triptych the themes of which are landscape, the human figure, and the theatre. The work brings together images that amalgamate various registers of the pictorial tradition. For instance, the forest views become, in a sense, a refuge in which characters from the theatre world, here the commedia dell’arte character Gilles, generates a visual order that is not strictly narrative but also allegorical. The subject of a painting by Watteau titled Pierrot dit Le Gilles (1718), the character has historically symbolized melancholy. Portrayed here as a puppet, he references the transformative power of artistic creation.
Associated events
The project was produced in the context of the L’art public dans les arrondissements de Montréal initiative launched as part of the implementation of the City of Montreal’s Cultural Development Policy, with the goal of encouraging greater accessibility to arts and culture.
Sylvie Bouchard
Sylvie Bouchard studied visual arts at the University of Ottawa and philosophy at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Since the 1980s, she has distinguished herself on the art scene and participated in the renewal of figurative painting in Quebec. Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions, among them a solo exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal in 2005. Her works are in many collections, including at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Awards and honours
  • Bourse de création, Conseil des arts du Canada, 2007
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 2006
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 2004
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 2000
  • Bourse A, Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, 1998
  • Bourse A (courte durée), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 1993
  • Bourse A (courte durée), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 1992
  • Bourse A (courte durée), Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, 1990
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1996
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1992
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1989
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1988
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1984
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1983
  • Bourse de projet, Conseil des arts du Canada, 1982
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1994
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1991
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1988
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1986
  • Conseil des arts du Canada, Bourse B, 1985
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1994
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1991
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1988
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1987
  • Bourse B, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1985
  • Bourse accessibilité, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1988
  • Bourse accessibilité, ministère des Affaires culturelles du Québec, 1984
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Painting
Collection name
Integration with architecture
Date completed
2007
Mode of acquisition:
Public commission from the Ville de Montréal
Accession date
December 31 2007
Technique(s)
painting
Materials
Linen canvas; oil paint; varnish; aluminum
Support
Canvas pasted onto wood
General dimensions
Trois tableaux de 274 (h) x 124.5 (l)
Mediums
Gilles
Borough
Verdun
Civic address
4501, avenue Bannantyne, Verdun, Québec H4G 1E3