Leon Bellefleur

PRice Range (Hammer PRice)
$1007 - $58,812
1910 - 2007
Painter
Leon Bellefleur
1910 - 2007
Bio

For 25 years Leon Bellefleur was an elementary school teacher, developing his artwork during the summers and studying during the evenings at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal for several years. In 1954 he was able to retire and pursue his art career full-time.

Along with Albert Dumouchel, Jacques de Tonnancour, Louis Archambault and others, Bellefleur joined the Prisme d'Yeux led by Alfred Pellan, signing their manifesto in 1948 and exhibiting with the group. These artists were responding to the approach of the Quebec Automatistes, and called for freedom of expression. Through this association, Bellefleur became interested in the Surrealist preoccupation with the subconscious as a source of inspiration. Towards the end of the decade, he became interested in the work of Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky and the Spanish artist, Juan Miro.

Fish in the City (1946) is a patchwork of colours and textures, representing a world of child's play where a fish can be bigger than a clown and a star lays on the ground. In 1947 he wrote, "Plea for the Child," an article defending the value of children's creativity and imagination.

After retiring, Bellefleur travelled to Europe and set up a studio in Paris, producing prints and etchings. He also experimented with painting techniques, working with a spatula, which provided cleaner definitions to outlines than a brush and created various dimensional effects. Bellefleur spent most of the next 10 years working and travelling in Europe, before returning to Quebec permanently in 1966. His career was boosted by a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 1968. He continued to create lyrical and surrealist influenced painting, drawings, and prints through the 1980s.

He also led the Prisme d'Yeux (1948), artists who were open to traditional expression and inspiration, and who were responding to the more radical ideological approach of the Automatistes.

Notable Collections

The National Gallery of Canada
The Contemporary Art Museum
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
The Museum of Quebec
Art Gallery of Ontario
London Art Gallery
Hamilton Art Gallery
Tel-Aviv Musee

Avg. Bid vs. Low Estimate
115.00%
The percentage above low estimate collectors have bid in the past 5 years.
1 Year Sales Volume
42
The amount of pieces bought in the last year of this artist.
Sell-Through Rate
34.85%
The percentage of pieces that sell on auction.
Total Sales
$1,160,581.00
Avg. Mid Estimate
$5,802.13
Avg. Hammer Price
$5,802.91
Top Price Realized
$58,812.00
Solo Shows
24
Group Shows
30
Museum Exhibitions
13
9.7
out of 10
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