Rousseau, Albert (1908 – 1982)
Albert Rousseau was born in Sainte-Étienne-de-Lauzon, Quebec in 1908. He is often associated with important Quebec landscape painters René Richard and Léo Ayotte; although Rousseau experimented with many genres of painting, including portraiture and gestural painting, he found landscapes and images of quaint neighborhoods most intriguing to paint.
It was during his studies at the Quebec School of Fine Arts that Rousseau met many important lifelong friends and mentors. He was known to be very involved in the local arts community, hosting workshops and meetings at his studio. Artist-friends such as Marc-Aurèle Fortin would frequent Rousseau’s studio, creating and discussing art or upcoming exhibitions.
In 1950, the Quebec Museum of Fine Art assembled paintings from 37 Quebec artists demonstrating the evolution of painting in Quebec since 1834. Rousseau participated in this exhibition, generating much attention towards his works and developing his career as an artist. Subsequently, he was invited to contribute to many collections and exhibitions across the country.
After teaching at three Quebec Universities to subsidize his career, Rousseau began his travels through Europe. This exposure to international styles and foreign landscape reinvigorated his style and passion for painting. In the years to come, he traveled to Mexico, the United States, the West Indies, Spain and England, allowing his experiences to broaden and influence his style and subjects.
In 1971, Rousseau bought a windmill in Sainte-Étienne that was scheduled to be demolished and renamed ‘Le Moulin des Arts’. This became a meeting place for hundreds of artists, who exhibited their work there every year. In his later years, Rousseau not only exhibited at Le Moulin des Arts, but exhibited all over Canada, in Paris and New York City.
You will find his artwork at the Museum of Fine Arts in Ottawa, Quebec Museum, Laurier Museum and many others:
Official Recognitions :
1st Prize of the Museum of Fine Arts of Canada, Ottawa 1960
1st Prize with Alfred Pellan, Salon du Printemps, 1948
1st Prize Jessie Dow, 1948
In respect to his memory, we have :
Albert-Rousseau Hall , Cégep Sainte-Foy
The Boulevard and Albert-Rousseau Library, Saint-Etienne de Lauzon
The Albert-Rousseau street, Monchatel
Memorial plaque in the Old Quebec
Source: Galerie d’art Le Castelet