Alfred Deschenes

Born: 1913  |  Died: 1975

Alfred Deschenes. Painter. Charlevoix County, Quebec. Active mid 20th century.

Alfred Deschene was a member of the Charlevoix Primitives; a group of self-taught artists who lived and worked in Charlevoix County from the 1930’s to the 1950’s. He painted figures in the landscapes of Charlevoix; particularly children.

Deschenes and the other members of the Group were featured in the film by Jean Palardy: ‘primitive Painters of Charlevoix’.


Ref: Primitive Painters of Charlevoix. The National Film Board of Canada. Produced and Directed by Jean Palardy. 1947.

Ref: Richard Dube and Francois Tremblay, Peindre un Pays: Charlevoix et ses peintres populaires (Ottawa. Editions Broquet, 1989).

Ref: National Gallery of Canada. Artists in Canada. Union List of Artist’s Files.Ottawa. 1982.

Ref: Blake McKendry, An Illustrated Companion to Canadian Folk Art (1999).

Ref: Kobayashi/Bird, A Compendium of Canadian Folk Artists (1985)