Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté
|Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté|
Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Coté in his studio (McCord Museum)
|Born||Hypolite Wilfrid Marc-Aurèle Côté
April 6, 1869
|Died||January 29, 1937
Daytona Beach, Florida
|Education||École des Beaux-Arts in Paris with Léon Bonnat|
|Known for||painter, sculptor, and church decorator|
Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté (April 6, 1869 – January 29, 1937) was a French Canadian painter and sculptor. He was one of the first native-born Canadian artists whose works were directly influenced by the Old World's Impressionism of the 1860s.
He was born in Arthabaska, Quebec in 1869. His father was an artist. He studied at the Collège du Sacré-Coeur, Arthabaska. He was a baritone, who studied music at the Conservatory of Music in Paris in 1890. He studied painting and sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris with Léon Bonnat during the 1890s. He studied painting and sculpture at the Julian and Colarossi Academies. He exhibited his works in 1894 at the Salon des Artistes Français. His "Death of Archimedes" won the Grand Prize at the Paris Salon.
After his return to Quebec in 1908, he established a studio in Montreal with classic interpretations of Canadian landscapes. He produced many impressionist paintings of the Quebec landscape, as well as portraits, nudes, historical paintings and later sculptures. He was also interested in the play of light on snow and water.
Suzor-Coté became paralyzed in 1927. In 1929, Suzor-Côté moved to Daytona Beach, Florida, where he died on 29 January 1937.
Exhibitions of his works were on view at Gallery L'Art français. On 14 March 1969 Canada Post issued 'Suzor-Côté, 1869-1937' based on a painting "Return from the Harvest Field" (1903) by Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. The 50¢ stamps are perforated 13 and were printed by Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited. 
He produced forty or fifty small bronze Impressionist figures and groups. The Suzor-Côté collection in Ottawa's National Gallery consists of eleven paintings, four sculptures and a number of drawings. Return from the Harvest Field was acquired by the National Gallery in 1904. Other Suzor-Côté works in Canada are to be found in Quebec City's Musée national des beaux-arts, RiverBrink Art Museum, and in private collections.
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