Jean-Philippe Dallaire 1916 - 1965 Canadian oil on canvas L'homme attablé "35 x 34 3/4 inches 88.9 x 88.3 centimeters signed and dated 1947 - 1951 Provenance:Private Collection, Montreal After being incarcerated in the Saint-Denis Stalag in a Parisian suburb from 1940 to 1944 during World War II, Jean-Philippe Dallaire and his family were repatriated back to Canada in 1945. Despite his incarceration, his years spent in France (1938 - 1945) were very formative in his artistic evolution. He was exposed to numerous modern European influences such as the work of Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and André Lhote, as well as that of his fellow countryman Alfred Pellan, who was already part of a promising new generation of artists working in Paris. When Dallaire returned to Canada, he had acquired his own rich vision of the world that he brilliantly expressed through his work. At the time this work was painted - around 1947 - Dallaire was 31 years old and teaching at the École des beaux-arts de Québec in Québec City. This classic canvas demonstrates why Dallaire has earned such a unique place in Canadian painting. Modernist and Cubist influences are present, but Dallaire has gone beyond the limits of any stylistic art movement by forging his own individual style and aesthetic language. This strong, theatrical composition, a faceted two-figure mise-en-scene, is quite refined, with distinctive yet subtle lights and shadows, and is harmoniously rendered with diverse brush-strokes and patterns. "