Paul-Emile Borduas, Untitled No. 6
Date of Issue
May 22, 1981
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Perforation or Dimension
British American Bank Note Company.
Designed by Pierre Fontaine.
Paul-Émile Borduas, "Sans titre no 6", circa 1957 Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec
Paul-Émile Borduas was born in St-Hilaire, Quebec, in 1905, and studied there under the well-known Ozias Leduc. The spontaneity of children's art inspired Borduas, and the words of André Breton, a surrealist poet, stimulated him. Breton called for "the dictation of thought, free from any control the reason and of any aesthetic or moral preoccupation." The influx into Montreal of artists fleeing France after the German invasion boosted abstract art in Quebec. It was then that Borduas attempted his first abstract works. A group of like-minded young followers soon surrounded him calling themselves "Les Automatistes". They mounted several exhibitions and in 1948 published a manifesto entitled "Refus global". He later left Canada and died in Paris in 1960. The stamp features Borduas' painting "Untitled No. 6". This painting is in the Musée d'Art contemporain in Montreal. The stamp format was designed by Pierre Fontaine.
Canada. Post Office Department. [Postage Stamp Press Release], 1981.
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