Marie-Cecile Bouchard

Born: 1920  |  Died: 1973

Marie-Cecile Bouchard. Painter. Sculptor. Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix, Quebec. Active mid-20th century.

Taught how to paint when she was 18 by her sister, Simone-Marie, Marie-Cecile followed the steps of the other painters in the family. She became fluent in the medium,painting traditional interior scenes of the family and Charlevoix landscapes. Marie-Cecile Bouchard  attracted a broad following and collectors from around the world began buying her work. One critic remarking in 1945: “. . . . One of the most touching primitives that we have seen, a true painter of fairy tales; playing with a palette rich and, at the same time, delightfully unsophisti­cated.”   Her religous faith began to show in her work as a painter; and in 1947 she entered a convent in Chicoutimi, Quebec. She stopped painting untill two years before she died when she made 30 copies of her previous work. The collection of 30 paintings was kept together.

Ref:A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Vol.1, by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks, Ottawa, Revised and expanded, 1997

Ref:Canadian Women Artists History Initiative website:

La Corniche Gallery. Chicoutimi, Quebec. Website:

A Painting by Marie-Cecile Bouchard:

Marie-Cecile Bouchard. Baie-saint-Paul Charlevoix Quebec.

Marie-Cecile Bouchard. Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix, Quebec.


A Detailed image:


Marie-Cecile Bouchard. Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix, Quebec.

Marie-Cecile Bouchard. Baie-Saint-Paul, Charlevoix, Quebec.