Ozias Leduc

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Ozias Leduc
Ozias Leduc mon portrait 1899.jpg
self portrait - Ozias Leduc (1899)
Born October 8, 1864
Died June 16, 1955
Nationality Canadian
Known for Painting

Ozias Leduc (October 8, 1864 - June 16, 1955) is one of Quebec's early painters. He was born in Saint-Hilaire-de-Rouville. Leduc produced many portraits, still lifes and landscapes, as well as religious works.


Leduc was mainly self-taught. Around 1880, he worked with Luigi Cappello, an Italian painter, on church decorations. Around 1881, he was employed at Carli, a manufacturer of statues in Montreal. Around 1883, he worked with Adolphe Rho, decorating another church, this time in Yamachiche. After that, he started working on his own on church decorations. Leduc made a brief trip to Paris and London in 1897 with Suzor-Coté, where he was influenced by some impressionists. Leduc lived a very solitary life in his home town and was dubbed "the sage of St-Hilaire". He received an Honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal in 1938. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[1] His legacy includes teaching Paul-Émile Borduas. He died in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1955. His works were exhibited by Gallery L'Art français.[2]


Leduc's Boy with Bread,
1892-99, National Gallery of Canada.
Church of Saints-Anges-Gardiens, decorated by
Ozias Leduc
La Gloire Divine (1944-1947), église Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation, Shawinigan

He is best known for his work decorating the Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation church in Shawinigan South, a project which took him thirteen years to complete. Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation church was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 and it was plaqued in 2005.[3][4]


On 20 May 1988 Canada Post issued 'The Young Reader, Ozias Leduc, 1894' in the Masterpieces of Canadian art series. The stamp was designed by Pierre-Yves Pelletier based on a painting "The Young Student" (1894) by Ozias Leduc in the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario. The painting shows the Ozias Leduc's younger brother, concentrating on a picture book, pencil in hand. The 50¢ stamps are perforated 13 X 13.5 and were printed by British American Bank Note Company.[5]

Images and galleries[edit]


Criticism and interpretation[edit]


  1. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Paul Gladu, "À la Galerie l'Art français...Comme notre vie nationale a peu inspiré nos peintres!" dans Le petit journal, 27 décembre 1964, p. A-28, "En visitant (...) la Galerie L'Art français (...) voici un ensemble riche et varié. Des anciens, (...) Ozias Leduc"
  3. ^ [1] Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation National Historic Site of Canada
  4. ^ Church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Présentation. Canadian Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  5. ^ Canada Post stamp