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Death of sculptor Claude Lafortune

News - April 20th, 2020

"He gave shape to impressive characters, often inspired by the Bible or the religious history of Quebec."

The sculptor Claude Lafortune, well known for his animation and his creations for the television program L'Évangile en papier, broadcast on Radio-Canada in 1975 and 1976, died yesterday of Covid-19.

A very unique figure in Quebec artistic production, he used paper, a material he said was simple, to represent scenes that until then had been made of more durable materials, such as stone, glass and the painting. He wanted to testify to the fragility of life.

His work from the 1970s immerses us in a progressive creative universe that he knew how to explore until the end of his life. Last year, for the 400th anniversary of Marguerite Bourgeoys, he produced a work of the pioneer.

Claude Lafortune was a member for 25 years of the Sacred Art Committee of the Diocese of Saint-Jean-Longueuil.

An exhibition and video clips from the Fabrique culturelle pay tribute to him.

Read l'article François Gloutnay's article on Présence-info

The news on Radio-Canada

Watch the capsules of the Fabrique culturelle:

Le royaume de Dieu de L'Évangile en papier

La pêche miraculeuse de L’Évangile en papier

Hommage à l’artiste visuel Claude Lafortune

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