Artwork by Paul Archibald Caron,  Hotel Tadoussac

Paul A. Caron
Hotel Tadoussac

oil on canvas
signed lower right
10.75 x 8.75 ins ( 27.3 x 22.2 cms )

Sold for $1,495.00
Sale date: May 25th 2017

Gift of the Artist to Hotel Tadoussac (1930s)
Frederick Brown, hotel manager (circa 1930-1952)
By descent to the current Private Collection, Quebec
“French Canada Pictures of Paul Caron,” Montreal Daily Star, December 13, 1933
The Quebec town of Tadoussac dates back as far as Jacques Cartier's September 1535 arrival to the American continent. The fur trade began in the early 1600s; Tadoussac served as the first trading post established in the territory of Canada as well as the first ocean port on the St. Lawrence Valley. Following a thriving lumber industry in the 1800s, the construction of Hotel Tadoussac in 1864 marks the emergence of Tadoussac as a vacation destination. Paul Caron created this canvas when he visited the popular summer destination in the 1930s. The painting was presented to the hotel as a gift, and then passed down to the current owner through a relative, who was the manager of Hotel Tadoussac during the 1930s and 1940s. The artwork illustrates and documents this historical piece of architecture just prior to its demolition in 1941 (it has since been rebuilt in a similar style). This charming oil painting, full of intricate details depicting the joys of summer vacation, exemplifies Paul Caron's excellent portrayals of Quebec urban and rural life. A 1933 “Montreal Daily Star” review of Caron's work declares that “...There are no pictures which give a better idea of a certain side of the life of French Canada.”

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Paul Archibald Caron
(1874 - 1941) ARCA

Paul Archibald Caron waws born in Montreal in 1874. He studied under under William Brymner, Maurice Cullen and Edmond Dyonnet at the Art Association of Montreal. He worked in the stained glass industry for eleven years, making drawings for ornaments and figures and then as an illustrator for La Presse and the Montreal Star doing pen and ink drawings. Caron eventually turned to painting old buildings of Montreal and Quebec City and rural scenes in the Laurentians. Winterscapes were his specialty, and many were reproduced as cards.

He exhibited at Royal Canadian Academy, the Ontario Society of Artists, the Art Association of Montreal and the Fine Arts Section of the Canadian National Exhibition. Caron won the Jessie Dow prize for watercolours in 1931 and again in 1937. He was a member of the Pen and Pencil Club, Montreal; The Arts and Letters Club, Montreal; The Canadian Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers; The Canadian Society of Graphic Art and and the Royal Canadian Academy. His works are held in collections including the National Gallery and the Museum of the Province of Quebec.