Paul Vanier Beaulieu Retrospective Exhibition Press Release

MONTREAL, QC ­— Forty privately owned important paintings by internationally acclaimed Canadian artist, Montreal born Paul Vanier Beaulieu (1910-1996), will be exhibited at Montreal’s Galerie Walter Klinkhoff from September 12 through and including September 26. This is a unique opportunity for art enthusiasts to see these paintings which are on loan only from homes of private collectors across Canada. Beaulieu was the first Canadian contemporary artist to have a picture purchased by the Musée nationale d’art moderne de Paris in 1951, and in 1953 a book of satirical poems by Jean-Louis Vallas, Ô visage, Beaulieu illustrated with 33 etchings, became the first book illustrated by a Contemporary artist purchased by the Quebec Museum. Also in 1953 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts purchased their first Beaulieu painting. His works are represented private, corporate, and public art collections across Canada including Power Corporation, the National Gallery of Canada, Musée nationale des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

In his high school Beaulieu developed an increasing interest in painting. After a couple of years at the Montreal School of Fine Arts on St-Urbain Street, then doing commercial art work for a few years , he got a job as a waiter in his day at a popular restaurant, Le lutin qui bouffe, on St-Grégoire Street, which boasted a wealthy clientele and where the owner let Beaulieu hang paintings on the walls. By 1938, saving his generous tips and selling some paintings, he went to Paris, where he rented a studio in the Montparnasse area, the Mecca of art life in Paris, and only a few blocks from the legendary cafés, Le Dôme and La coupole, where the habitués included Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and any number of other art types, including artists and patrons of the arts. With the occupation of Paris by the Germans in ’39, as a British citizen he was arrested and interned in a camp in Saint-Denis, a camp of 2000 prisoners, 160 of which were Canadians, where he spent a miserable four years until the liberation of Paris. Although he stayed in Paris for the better part of the next 25 years, his brother Gerard was promoting his paintings in Montreal and negotiated an exclusivity with Montreal’s Dominion Gallery , an agreement that ensured Beaulieu a modest income but adequate to meet his financial needs and remain in France where he could continue to paint free from any obligation for a more conventional job. Homesick for Quebec in ‘73 , he bought himself a little house in Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, moved there from France, where he continued to paint and exhibited successfully.

The phenomenon of a commercial art gallery annually, dedicating itself to a two week non-selling museum-type exhibition as the Klinkhoffs have been doing now for more than three decades is unique among commercial art galleries. This is an opportunity to admire works by Paul Vanier Beaulieu, which after September 26th, will return to their owners behind closed doors.

Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 am. – 5:30 pm. and Saturdays 9:30 am. – 5 pm, closed on Sundays. The Gallery is located at 1200 Sherbrooke Street West, between Drummond and Stanley , 50 meters East of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. The closest metro stop is Peel. From September 12 the Beaulieu exhibition will be available for viewing online at For further information, contact or 514-288-7306.

1 Comment

  1. Vera says:

    Thanks for the post. Time to put this into action instead of just bookmarking


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