Bruno Côté – L’esprit de la nature / The Spirit of Nature
Bruno Côté (1940-2010) is recognised as one of the foremost landscape artists of his generation. He has expressed with ardour and sensitivity some of the most sublime natural manifestations of the Canadian landscape. The exhibition entitled Bruno Côté – L’esprit de la nature / The Spirit of Nature, presents some 50 works (oil paintings and pochades) that are representative of the diversity and of the aesthetic experiences offered by the artist.
As painter of a majestic, wild and sublime nature, Bruno Côté travelled to every corner of our country. From his studio in Charlevoix to the coastal forests of British Columbia, the artist has captured the essence of the locations and the rhythms of nature. Much like the members of the Canadian Group of Seven and the European impressionists, Bruno Côté managed to grasp firmly the natural and solemn spectacle unfolding before his eyes: scenes of intense colours under singular lighting that stirred emotions and propelled toward thoroughly modern chromatic experimentation and technique. Bruno Côté’s landscapes also appear to express a spirit of adventure, a communion between Man and nature and, possibly, the very spirit of those who sometimes find, in this fascinating nature, their roots, their sense of becoming and a part of their identity.
Martin Labrie, Curator