Still Beautiful After All These Years
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