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Lisette Lemieux

Regard sur le fleuve

Presentation of the artwork
A large steel panel is installed beside Lake St. Louis as if it were a billboard or a huge painting. The word “FLEUVE” (river) and the image of the word’s reflection in the water are cut out of this large surface.

Lisette Lemieux often uses glass as a material in her artworks; it is therefore not surprising that here she calls upon transparency effects. It is possible to look through her intervention, an almost opaque screen, at what is named – the actual water of the river. This interest in the properties of water can also be seen in the incisions that evoke the reflection of light on the water’s waves. Representation and reality are juxtaposed. The artwork is a wall that partially obstructs the view of the river yet signals its presence, and perhaps it encourages viewers to rediscover the river’s changing and fragile nature.
Associated events
Regard sur le fleuve was first on display at the first Salon international de la sculpture extérieure, an event organized by the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal in 1992 for the 350th anniversary of the foundation of Montréal. With the theme “Aux quatre vents” (To the Four Winds), this exhibition of monumental and environmental sculptures brought together 12 artworks, created specially for the occasion, on the promenade of the Old Port of Montréal. At the end of the event, Widgery’s artwork was installed at its permanent site, on the shore of Lake St. Louis.
Lisette Lemieux
Lisette Lemieux was born in Arthabaska and completed a bachelor’s degree in education at the Université de Sherbrooke before beginning her studies in art. She holds a bachelor’s degree in art from Université Laval, a diploma in art history from the Université de Montréal, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in visual arts from UQAM.

Since 1975, her work has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Québec and abroad. She has also produced a number of works of public art, including Transcription 92 (1992) at the Centre Pierre-Péladeau and Kristallnacht (Nuit de cristal) (2003) at the Holocaust Memorial Centre. In 2006, her work Liber was presented to UNESCO by the Ville de Montréal on the occasion of the event Montréal, World Book Capital.
Awards and honours
  • Grand Prix de la biennale du dessin, de l'estampe et du papier-matière, Alma (Québec), 1995
  • Liber, oeuvre offerte par la Ville de Montréal à l'UNESCO dans le cadre de l'évèneemnt Montréal capitale mondiale du livre, 2006
Fine Arts
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
Mode of acquisition
Accession date
January 1, 2002
Cut out; welded
Corten steel
General dimensions
312 x 650 x 20 cm
Regard sur le fleuve
Parc Stoney-Point