Oil on Board - Winter Landscape by Canadian Artist Joseph Giunta RCA (1911-2001) - Rustic Grey Wood Frame with an Ivory Linen Mat - Serene wilderness scene with impressionist brushstrokes in a balanced composition - 20" W x 17" H
Joseph Giunta RCA (1911 - 2001)
Joseph Giunta was a Canadian artist whose career spanned over 70 years. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on October 2, 1911, Joseph Giunta was the son of Italian immigrants from Sicily. In 1925, when he was just 14, Giunta enrolled in night courses at Monument National and took drawing lessons with Adrien Hébert and Johnny Johnston. Five years later, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal alongside other Canadian artists. He also studied under the direction of Edmond Dyonnet and furthered his studies at the Copley Society of Artists in Boston from 1935 to 1937.
At the young age of 20, Canadian artist Joseph Giunta was accepted into the 1931 Art Association's Salon du Printemps held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where he showed again in 1934, 1937, 1940, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1957 and 1963. During the 1930's he also exhibited at the Royal Canadian Academy as well as with Marc-Aurèle Fortin in 1936. Giunta was influenced successively by the great masters of the contemporary art period, by the impressionists and the Fauves, especially Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse. In 1936, flanked by Marc-Aurèle Fortin, he presented his still life, street scene, floral art oil paintings and drawings at the Fine Arts Department of Maison Eaton.
As a Canadian artist growing up in the early 1900's, Giunta began his career as a figuration artist and had no choice but to undertake his artistic career according to what he saw around him, and to the ensuing influences of other Canadian artists such as the Group of Seven. He began painting much like many Canadian artists had, dominated by the Canadian artistic scene, basing the realization of their efforts on the renewal of the old formula like those of impressionism.
As a result, Canadian artist Joseph Giunta's earlier works included a large number of landscapes depicting Canadian scenes, particularly of the Quebec Laurentians, as well as seascapes from the Canadian and American Atlantic coasts. For a period that spanned over 30 years, between 1931 and 1963, his works were on exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Salon Printemps (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal), and the Canadian Hall of Fine Arts in Montreal , as well, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec purchased eight original art oil paintings, which where landscape paintings of the Laurentians and areas around Montréal and Québec.
Giunta's transition from figuration to non-figuration and then to abstraction corresponded exactly with the evolution of painting of other Canadian artists in the crucial period from 1945 to 1960. By the mid 1950's Giunta's works became increasingly non-figurative to the point where many of his Canadian landscapes turned almost completely. When he moved to the abstract in 1958, his paintings became textured with dynamic, vivid, and intense tones. During that period, Guinta exhibited his works at the Zanettin Gallery in Quebec City. Guinta also took part in several group exhibitions, including the Coin des Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and at the Quebec Pavilion for the 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. That same year, he participated in travelling exhibitions held in various galleries throughout Quebec. In 1972-73, he created his "Collages and Constructions", breaking away from his previous works in order to conceive his own plastic synthesis and develop the most innovative and accomplished aspects of his art.
In 2001, the year of his death, a major exhibit at the Maison de la culture Frontenac in Montreal, along with the release of filmmaker Pepita Ferrari's Joseph Giunta: A Silent Triumph, served to pay a tribute to the artist, repositioning Giunta within the artistic scene in Quebec and Canada.
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