Du coq à l’âme: L’art populaire au Québec
By Jean-François Blanchette
February 2014, ISBN 978-2-7603-0814-5
Mercury Series, Cultural Studies 85
300 pp., 320 illustrations, 17 x 24 cm, paperback (French only)
Folk art reflects both the perspectives of its producers and of society as a whole, resulting in work that ranges from formal and traditional to free-spirited and even eccentric. Whether created recently or decades ago, folk art is always expressive and authentic. Du coq à l’âme: L’art populaire au Québec is the product of many years of research by the author, including meetings with artists, collectors and fellow researchers, all passionate about this highly individual form of creativity.
Anthropologist Jean-François Blanchette takes a historical and visual approach to the collections of Quebec folk art at the Canadian Museum of History, including the prestigious Nettie Covey Sharpe Collection, acquired in 2002. Through photographs, interviews and original research, this book is designed to improve awareness of the cultural and social history of folk art, while showcasing the work of little-known Quebec artists. Du coq à l’âme seeks to define Quebec folk art, while also examining everything from its traditional forms, often centuries old, to its most recent and unbridled form of expression: graffiti.