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Item Name: Print
Title: Coeur D'Orange, N.D.
Maker: Kittie Bruneau
Year: 1965
Country: Canadian
Materials: etching
Measurements: in frame: 30.5 cm x 38 cm; work: 30.5 cm x 38 cm
ID Number: ART 004
Legal Status: ART RENTAL

Extended Label Info: The title of this colourful abstract and patterned image by Kittie Bruneau, “Coeur D’Orange” translates from the French into English as “the heart of orange”. In western culture, orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, and friendship. Combining sunny oranges and rusty browns, the pattern in this in this print is a lively abstract pattern. To create the image, Bruneau used a type of printmaking known as etching; each colour is added in a separate step using a textured copper printing plate. Kittie Bruneau RCA (1929 - ) was born in Montreal, Quebec. Bruneau studied at École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1946 to 1949, and then in 1950, she studied with the painter and print-maker Ghitta Caiserman-Roth at the Montreal School of Arts. In her career, Bruneau was interested in both visual arts and dance. Following her studies, Bruneau moved to Paris, and danced professionally in the corps de ballet for the Ballets de Rouen, and the Ballets de l’étoile of Maurice Béjart. In 1961, Bruneau returned to Canada, and established a studio on Bonaventure Island near Percé, Quebec. In 1972, when the island became part of the Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé National Park, Bruneau relocated to Pointe-Saint-Pierre, near Bonaventure. In addition to painting and printmaking, Bruneau has created several artist books in collaboration with Leonard Cohen, Claude Haeffely, Françoise Bujold, Michaël La Chance and other poets. In the decade from 1982-92, she painted seven murals through-out Quebec. Bruneau's work is collected nationally, held in the National Gallery of Canada, Canada Council Art Bank, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.