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Item Name: Print
Title: Le lendemain de la veille
Maker: Serge Tousignant
Year: 1968
Country: Canadian
Materials: lithograph
Measurements: in frame: 57 cm x 76 cm; work: 54.6 cm x 73.7 cm
ID Number: PC2017.15
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Well-known for his work in photography, Serge Tousignant explores the phenomena of perception through his artwork. He began his art practice as a printmaker experimenting with lithography and etching in Montreal at Albert Dumouchel’s print studio, and then studying in London, England at the Slade School of Fine Art. The title of this image is “Le lendemain de la veille” which translates from French into English as, “The Day After the Day Before”. This is an early lithographic print by Tousignant, and a good example of how he uses line to explore the visual space within his compositions. Here he uses thick, energetic brushstrokes to draw our eye to the centre of the page. In contrast, the edge of the image is detailed with fine, black lines that build a textured “landscape” in the blocky orange shapes around the edge of the image, and seem to recede visually to form a background. Born in 1942, Serge Tousignant studied at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal before pursuing studies at the University College of London’s Slade School of Fine Arts. Since 1960, his interdisciplinary practice has been characterized by photographic experimentation. His work is associated with the emergence of conceptual art in Quebec and of the dawning of the “prefabricated image”—a photographic movement which came about in the 1980s. Serge Tousignant’s work is included in several major public, corporate and private collections, both national and international, among them the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), the Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMA), the Bridgestone Art Gallery, and Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art. As a founding member of the artist-run centre Véhicule Art, which came into being in 1972, Tousignant played a crucial role in the development of the local art scene. He was also a professor of visual arts in the Université de Montréal Art History department from 1974 to 2002. He is represented by Galerie Graff in Montreal.