Artwork by Leo Ayotte,  Paysage d’automne; Paysage de Gaspésie

Leo Ayotte
Paysage d’automne; Paysage de Gaspésie

two oil paintings
- “Paysage d’automne” oil on canvas board; signed and dated 1975 lower right; 12 x 16 ins.;
- “Paysage de Gaspésie” oil on canvas; signed and dated 1968 lower right; 16 x 20 ins.
16 x 20 ins ( 40.6 x 50.8 cms ) ( largest artwork )

Auction Estimate: $1,500.00$1,200.00 - $1,500.00

Price Realized $2,400.00
Sale date: March 26th 2024

Private Collection, Montreal

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Leo Ayotte
(1909 - 1976)

Born in St. Maurice valley, Quebec, he started painting in his thirties. His style is masculine, modern, but of representational subjects that include landscape and dock scenes of boats, houses and water. He travelled to Europe in 1963 where the resurgence of realism greatly influenced his own form of expression. A catalogue sheet from his exhibit, which included works from the group of 50 artists at the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, carried these comments from his friend, a French Canadian poet François Hartel, “ . . . Léo Ayotte’s works, I consider, above everything, his extraordinary pictorial understanding of the Canadian feeling. In our country, light is strong, direct, implacable. To express gently, poetically, is an artistic challenge. Ayotte has faced and overcome this challenge.”

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