Marcelle Ferron

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Marcelle Ferron
Born (1924-01-29)January 29, 1924
Louiseville (Mauricie), Quebec
Died November 19, 2001(2001-11-19) (aged 77)
Montreal, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Education Paul-Émile Borduas
Known for stained glass, painting
Movement Automatistes

Marcelle Ferron, GOQ (January 29, 1924 – November 19, 2001), a Québécoise painter and stained glass artist, was a major figure in the Quebec contemporary art scene, associated with the Automatistes.

Life and work[edit]

Ferron was born in Louiseville, Quebec on January 29, 1924, her brother Jacques Ferron and her sister Madeleine Ferron were both writers. She studied at the École des beaux-arts before dropping out, unsatisfied with the way the school's instructors addressed modern art.[1]

Ferron was an early member of Paul-Émile Borduas's Automatistes art movement, she signed the manifesto Refus global, a watershed event in the Quebec cultural scene, in 1948.[2]

In 1953, she moved to Paris, where she worked for 13 years in drawing and painting and was introduced to the art of stained glass, for which she would become best known.[3]

Stained-glass window by Marcelle Ferron, at Champ-de-Mars metro station in Montreal

One of her stained-glass windows is at Champ-de-Mars metro station in Montreal, it was one of the first non-figurative works to be installed in the metro, in defiance of the didactic style present in other works of the period, and signalled a major shift in public art in Montreal between the policies of then art director Robert Lapalme and future art director and fellow automatiste Jean-Paul Mousseau. Other examples of her works can be seen at Vendôme metro station, Hôpital Sainte-Justine, and the ICAO headquarters, in Montreal; the Place du Portage in Gatineau, Quebec; and the Granby, Quebec courthouse.

In 1983, she was awarded the Paul-Émile-Borduas medal for the visual arts by the government of Quebec;[4] in 1985, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec and was promoted to Grand Officer in 2000. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[5]

She died in Montreal.


  1. ^ "Marcelle Ferron". Library and Archives Canada. October 2, 2000. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  2. ^ Davis, Ann (May 22, 2008). "Marcelle Ferron". The Canadian Encyclopedia (online ed.). Historica Canada. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lambton, Gunda. Stealing the show : seven women artists in Canadian public art. p. 17. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Prix du Quebec". 
  5. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on 26 May 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 

External links[edit]

Marcelle Ferron, Untitled (1972). Stained glass. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.