ALPHONSE GRENIER

 

Alphonse Grenier (1908 - 1986) was born in St-Jean-de-la-Lande in Beauce. He made naive sculptures of birds, people and animals in polchromed wood, metal and found objects. He created whirligigs and music boxes which often incorporated mechanical movement and recorded music. One such piece is a large multi-tiered music box populated by fifty figures which are animated through use of pulleys, belts, and an electric motor His creations carry out movements adapted to what Grenier wanted to illustrate, such as violins, dance, and the operations of a carding mill. One of these large automated assemblages is in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Ref: National Museum of Man, From the Heart Folk Art in Canada (1983); Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985); Philip Tilney, Bill Richardson, This Other Eden: Canadian Folk Art Outdoors (1999); Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

 

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