Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté

Marc-Aurele de Foy Suzor-Coté in his studio (McCord Museum)
Born April 6, 1869
Arthabaska, Quebec
Died January 29, 1937
Daytona Beach, Florida
Nationality Canadian
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 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 was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.[1]

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.[2] 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. [3]

Selected Works

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.[3]

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  1. "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
  2. The Gazette, October 19, 1963, "Le collectionneur by Suzor Coté which may be seen at L'Art Francais, 370 Laurier Ave. W."
  3. 1 2 Canada Post stamp
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