Lucien Bouchard

Born: 1925  |  Died: 2009

Lucien Bouchard. Sculptor. Baie-Saint-Paul. Quebec. Active 20th Century. Moulin Cesar, Riviere-du-Gouffre, Charlevoix, Quebec.

Lucien Bouchard carved formal works, finished with varnish, and less formal painted ones full of charm and color. He began carving when he was very young, winning prizes with them and selling every thing that he made.  These were carvings of the Charlevoix country-side and farms and also fish. Wonderful carved and painted Trout and Salmon. He made Fish Salad bowls as well as his brother Stanley. (see Stanley Bouchard post.) He worked as a Cabinet Maker and carved most of his life.

A carving by Lucien Bouchard. With the ‘Moulin Cesar’ mark:

Lucien Bouchard. Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec.

Lucien Bouchard. Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec.

The Lucien Bouchard ‘Moulin Cesar’ mark:

Lucien Bouchard. His mark.

Lucien Bouchard. His mark.

A carving of a Fish by Lucien Bouchard:

Lucien Bouchard. Fish.

Lucien Bouchard. Fish.

And another by Lucien Bouchard:

Lucien Bouchard. Fish Carving.

Lucien Bouchard. Fish Carving.

 

 

A few quotes from Jacqueline Tremblay (Nee Bouchard). (In an interview with a CMCC ethnologist.):

“I come from a family of artists. My aunt is Mary Bouchard, then there’s Lucien Bouchard, Stanley Bouchard, Arthur Bouchard, Cécile Bouchard, Édith Bouchard and Laure-Marie Bouchard, who created extraordinary sculptures. My other aunts and my mother also tried their hand at art. All of them were quite skilled.”

“My mother made hats. When I was little, I would watch her as she created an extraordinary hat from nothing. My grandfather also made fantastic things. I thought to myself, ‘These people are magicians.’ I wanted to be just like them, and I thought things like that happened at everyone’s house.”

“When I was a child, before going to bed, I would often watch my grandfather, (Joseph-Arsene) who spent a lot of time carving. I would watch what he was doing. I’d ask him, ‘What are you doing?’ And he’d answer, ‘I’m making a small sheep.’ I couldn’t see any sheep at all! But the next morning I would find the little animal on the windowsill.”

Ref: Can. Mus. of Hist. Website:

http://www.historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhibitions/arts/art-quebec/art-quebec3_6-e.shtml