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ROBERT, GUY, 1933-

Guy Robert fonds. - 1968-1985. - 10.6 m of textual record and graphic material.

Biographical Sketch

Poet and literary and art critic Guy Robert was born in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec in 1933. He was classically educated in Montreal and obtained a master's degree in literature from the Université de Montréal in 1962 for his thesis on the work of Anne Hébert, later published as La Poétique du songe (1962). In 1974, he obtained a doctorate in esthetics from the Université de Paris. (His thesis was published in 1984 under the title Art et non finito.) Since 1960, he has taught in a number of institutions, notably Collège Sainte-Marie, the École des beaux-arts at the Université de Montréal, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and Carleton University. As both a literary and art critic, and historian, Robert has published more than 500 articles in newspapers and periodicals, such as La Barre du jour, Vie des arts, Maintenant, Livres et auteurs québécois and Le Devoir, as well as monographs on paintings or artistic movements, and has been involved in some 500 radio and television programs.

In 1964, he founded the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and was its first director and curator. He was also the director of the Montreal International Sculpture Symposium in 1964 and of the international exhibition of contemporary sculpture at Expo '67. He founded Éditions du songe in 1968, and Iconia in 1975. These two companies have published many livres d'artiste, a number of which have included poetry by Guy Robert.

Guy Robert was awarded the Grand prix littéraire de Montréal for his book Jean-Paul Lemieux (1968). His Aspects de la littérature québécoise (1970), a collection of his essays, speeches and radio presentations, includes a simultaneously serious and humorous analysis of the "sacred" in Quebec speech. Since 1983, Robert has continuously published works dealing with the lives of artists: Aux couleurs et saisons d'Armance Ricard in 1983, Domingue (1985) on Maurice Domingue; Pinsonnault (1987); L'Oeuvre de Geneviève Deslauriers (1988); Bellefleur, ou La Ferveur à l'œuvre (1988); Petit: Gaston Petit en mission itinérante dans l'art (1990); Garbs: Irma Roggenkamper Garbs, sa vie et son art (1990); DOH: visions, dimensions, messages (1991); and Dufour (1995). He pays tribute to 120 Quebec artists in his Cent vingt du cercle des artistes peintres du Québec (1989), and in his Art et non finito: esthétique et dynamogénie du non fini (1984), he analyzes the impact on the imagination of fragmented and incomplete works.

Scope and Content

The Guy Robert fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts, proofs, illustrations, plates used in the production of livres d'artiste, such as Trans-apparence (1969), Charlevoix (1980), Icare (1981), and Mouvante spirale du regard (1981), and his books on painters such as Riopelle, Fortin, Borduas, Dallaire, Domingue, Brault and Ricard.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Guy Robert in a number of accessions. [1982-02, 1986-10, 1988-16]

Language: material in the fonds is in French.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: preliminary inventory available.

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