FELICIEN LEVESQUE
(1916 - 1997)

 

Felicien Levesque was a farmer on the lower shore of the St. Lawrence River near Riviere du Loup, Quebec. He began carving in 1976 when he retired. He made painted carvings of birds, animals and people in every day situations as well as historical events. He continued to carve until his death in 1997.

Felicien was well known for his carved men. They were always painted and had small pointed triangular noses, a rectangular trunk made of one piece of wood, and legs spread. The arms are attached to the body and they are often moveable. His earlier figure carvings sometimes featured articulated legs. Felicien often worked with found materials and he would sometimes use real or synthetic hair. His carvings are generally unsigned but are easily identifiable.

Felicien Levesque is well represented in a number of important private collections, as well as in several public collections including the permanent collections of the Canadian Museum of History and New Brunswick’s Beaverbrook Gallery.

Ref: Les patenteux du Québec, De Grosbois, Lamothe, Nantel, 1978; Folk art: Primitive and naive art in Canada, Blake McKendry, 1983; Les Paradis du Monde, Pascale Galipeau, 1995; Canadian Folk Art from the Collection of Susan A. Murray, Bernard Riordon (Beaverbrook Gallery), 2007.

 

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