Still Beau­ti­ful Af­ter All These Years

Arabella - - CLAUDE LANGEVIN - writ­ten by De­bra Usher

An artist be­gins to form his own style when he stops im­i­tat­ing na­ture and starts in­ter­pret­ing it. At this stage, the dis­tinc­tive fea­tures that iden­tify in­di­vid­ual painters are vis­i­ble in each can­vas. Claude Langevin has been creat­ing his artist to whom paint­ing is sec­ond na­ture, he con­tin­ues to de­rive great plea­sure from his art. of the old Lau­ren­tian rail­way to Sainte-adele, his adopted town where he set­tled many years ago. In re­cent years due to ur­ban sprawl, his sur­round­ings have changed dra­mat­i­cally forc­ing this land­scape artist even deeper into the coun­try in search of in­spi­ra­tion. “When you live in a re­gion for a long time, fa­mil­iar­ity di­min­ishes its beauty. You have to keep look­ing around the cor­ner.” To meet Langevin is to dis­cover a painter and a drama­tist. His paint­ings are like theatre and are pieces that take great care to pro­duce. Langevin has been a land­scape painter for many years and dur­ing that time he has main­tained a burn­ing pas­sion for one thing and one thing only, his na­tive soil. Each of his im­ages shows a real and au­then­tic glimpse of Québe­cois her­itage and cul­ture. His sub­ject mat­ter could be a place that has been lived in, aban­doned or iso­lated. His houses, peo­ple dressed in mul­ti­hued clothes, all work to­gether to give the places he paints a soul.

Try­ing to Fol­low Foot­steps

At a time when chil­dren fol­lowed in their par­ents’ foot­steps, so did Claude Langevin at the start of his early ca­reer. Like many oth­ers he started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer on this prin­ci­ple. Then, with au­dac­ity and per­se­ver­ance, he branched off onto his own path, some­thing few peo­ple ever did. The son of a med­i­cal doc­tor and one of medicine, en­gaged on a path set by his fa­ther and al­ready fol­lowed by his eldest brother. “I stud­ied medicine for a year and soon came to un­der­stand that it wasn’t a ca­reer for me. I had been paint­ing since the age of 14, and that was what I loved do­ing. The

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