Suzor-Côté, M.A. De Foy

Born in Arthabaska, in the superb region of les Bois-Francs, Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Côté leaves for Paris at the age of 22 to continue his formation at l’École des Beaux-Arts. His artist reputation of great talent was rapidly establish, in Europe and in Canada, his works are shown at Le salon de la Société des Artistes Français and at l’Exposition universelle à Paris, in 1900. His learning permits him to acquire excellent academic notions and permits him to familiarize with landscape painting in outdoors. During the period of 1907 to 1920, Suzor-Coté sees himself identified by the critics as a chef in the field Canadian landscape painting. He is in fact considered the precursory of research on landscape that will characterize art in the country during the 20th century. His reputation is at its peak at the beginning of 1910. He becomes a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1912, and a member of the Arts Club of Toronto in 1913. Having done more than landscapes, Suzor-Coté explored portraits, history painting, and feminine nudes. He practiced charcoal, pastel, oil and sculpture. Paralyzed, he installs himself in Daytona Beach (Florida) in 1928. His health permits him to continue his activities slowly and he travels to the south of the United States and in Cuba. Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté died in Florida.