André, Françoise (1926-2009)

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André, Françoise (1926-2009)

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1926-2009

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Born at les Sables d'Olenne, France, André enjoyed her grandfather's collection of paintings as a child and visited the Cathedral St. Baven in Ghent where Van Eyck's "Mystic Lamb" and an important exhibition of Ingres and Delacroix could be seen. Later she studied at the Académie Royale Des Beaux Arts in Brussels, 1943-48; Académie St. Josse De Noode, Brussels, 1947-48; Institut National Supérieur Des Beaux Arts, Antwerp, 1948-49; École Nationale Supérieur Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, under Marcel Gromaire, 1949-50. She came to Canada in 1951. A painter of abstract humanism, she had been influenced by the work of Ingres, Van Eyck, Memlinc, Brueghel, Henry Moore, and Marc Toby in her quest for expression. Her media includes , oils, water colours, tempera, mixed media, and graphic media. She completed a mural for an Edmonton chapel entitled "Christos Pneuma" and is represented in the Vancouver Art Gallery. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and Vancouver Art Gallery. She died in 2009.

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Source: Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume 1, 1967. Colin MacDonald

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