Artwork by Jean-Paul Jérôme,  Cadence-rouge

Jean-Paul Jérôme
Cadence-rouge

mixed media on canvas
signed and dated “26-1-2000” lower right; signed, titled and dated on the reverse
16 x 20 ins ( 40.6 x 50.8 cms )

Sold for $1,888.00
Sale date: December 12th 2019

Provenance:
Private Collection, Quebec

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Jean-Paul Jérôme
(1928 - 2004) Les Plasticiens, RCA

Born in Montreal, he became fascinated with the work of Van Gogh before he entered art school. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts (1944-49) where he received his diploma. After his graduation he did little or no painting. Returning to his easel he had his paintings accepted for the annual Montreal Spring Shows of 1951, 52, and 53. He exhibited as well in the Quebec Provincial Exhibition of 1952 and in 1954 held his first one man show at Gallery XII of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. His paintings of this period were derived from the influences of artists like Mondrian, Doesburg, Kandinsky, Malevitch as well as the Cubists. In his methodical study of space he was moved in 1955 to compose in collaboration with Belzile, Jauran (Rodolphe de Repentigny) and Toupin the “Manifeste des Plasticiens” a reaction against the paintings of the Borduas camp which the Plasticiens considered overly facile.

In 1956 Jérôme became a member of the Non-Figurative Artists Association of Montreal. This same year he sailed for France to pursue further study in art and also travelled in Italy, Switzwerland and Austria. It was in 1957 during his one man show at Galerie Arnaud that Jean Simard, noted Montreal art critic, first saw Jérôme's paintings and was struck by the intensely Canadian and northern colours of his work.

Jérôme returned to Montreal in 1958 and in 1959 held a solo show at the Denyse Delrue Gallery for which a catalogue was produced with text by Simard. It was here that Simard explained how he found Jérôme's work bewitching, filled with dreams, nostalgia, solitude and love and how the artist divided his composition into two unequal rectangles which he then carefully filled with raw colours. Dorothy Pfeiffer of “The Gazette” found that his work reminded her of Bible scenes especially his paintings of reeds. Other works which had the qualities of the Northern Lights made her think what good designs for stained-glass windows in modern cathedrals they would make.

Jérôme had on his return to Montreal joined the staff of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal, while he also continued with his development as a painter. In 1960 he held a solo show of abstract pastels at Galerie Libre. It was in these pastels that the reviewer for “La Presse” found the qualities which indicated to him that Jérôme would make a good theatre decorator because of his sense of space, sense of depth, and a sense of a certain living breathing relief enveloped by mystery and drama with his colours admirably chosen for the play of lighting.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977