Katherine Francine Simonin

Oil on Paper
22 × 27 inches
55.88 × 68.58 cm
Framed Size
33 × 33 inches
83.82 × 83.82 cm

An immediate gestural depiction of a female figure in dense black oil intersects with a grey swipe in the lower half of the square picture plane. There is a raw confidence in this image that carries the artist's theme of female mythology, the female body in context. Francine Simonin has worked extensively on paper -- printmaking and collage -- but also canvas. Simonin has won numerous awards and distinctions, including the Prix de la première Biennale Suisse Engraving in Geneva (1968), the Prix Loto-Québec in Montréal (1981), the Prix Irène Reymond (1986), the Prize of the Print at the Biennale of Drawing, Printmaking and Paper in Alma (1993), as well as the first prize of the 16th International of the Miniature Print of Cadaques in Spain (1996). In October 2004, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Fondation Monique and Robert Parizeau presented her with an award recognizing her exceptional contribution to the history of printmaking in Quèbec. The works of Francine Simonin are to be found in the collections of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, the Geneva Museum, the National Library of Canada (Ottawa), the Council of Europe Art Bank Arts of Canada (Ottawa) as well as several private collections around the world.

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