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Artist in Montreal - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB519896
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Robert Anderson
Directors:  Jean Palardy
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Ottawa), Office national du film du Canada (Ottawa)
Subject:  Arts, Canadian History, Documentary, Geography, History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1954
Running Time:  30:00

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This film introduces us to the "automatistes," followers of a form of abstract art that developed in Montréal; a movement initiated by Paul-Émile Borduas. The meaning of the movement is explained by the artists themselves when narrator Bruce Ruddick drops in at their cooperative studio, visits the painter Paterson Ewen at his home and joins the crowd at L'Échouerie, the artists' rendezvous. Dr. Robert Hubbard, chief curator of the National Gallery of Canada, comments on non-objective art in general and automatism in particular.

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