Jean-Julien Bourgault

Born: 1910  |  Died: 1996

Jean-Julien Bourgault. Sculptor. Wood carver. Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Quebec. Active mid to late 20th century.

Invited into Medard Bourgault’s studio in 1931, Jean-Julien gradually became focused on religious works and studio carvings as did Medard. (One of the most impressive carvings that I have seen by Jean-Julien Bourgault, or any other Bourgault for that matter, is a seated carving of the Buddha, in Butternut. About 44 inches high. Carved in the early 1960’s.)

An image of Jean-Julien Bourgault with his sister Yvonne. At work in St-Jean-Port-Joli in the late 1930’s. From the Gauvreau Book (Artisans du Quebec, Les Editions du Bien Public, 1940.):

Jean-Julien and Yvonne Bourgault From Gauvreau.

Jean-Julien and Yvonne Bourgault From Gauvreau.

There were many sculptors and wood carvers working in Quebec who were members of the  Saint-Jean-Port-Joli family of Bourgaults. Both male and female. There were siblings of the original three brothers,as well as nieces and nephews, the children of the three brothers  and cousins. And also we mustn’t forget their ancestors. The work of Medard, Andre and Jean-Julien is saturated with old skills and memories.

” Capt. Tilou”. A relief carving by J.J. Bourgault. 1981:

Jean-Julien Bourgault. Relief carving Capt. Tilou. 1981.

Jean-Julien Bourgault. Relief carving Capt. Tilou. 1981.

His mark:

J. j. Bourgault. His mark.

J. j. Bourgault. His mark.

 

Shown here are two exceptional figurative carvings by Jean-Julien Bourgault. Note the faces of the couple.

Wood carvings of a Quebec Man and Woman by Jean-Julien Bourgault. 1950’s:

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The mark of Jean-J. Bourgault. In script:

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A close-up of the carved faces by J.-J. Bourgault:

A detail of a carving of a Quebec Man by J.J. Bourgault. Early 1950's.

A detail of a carving of a man by J.J. Bourgault. Early 1950’s.

The Woman:

A detail of the Woman's face by J. J. Bourgault. Early 1950's.

A detail of the Woman’s face by J. J. Bourgault. Early 1950’s.