Heritage Print Collection

Description of the collection

Estampe: Le Marché Berthelot à Québec.

Simone Hudon,Le Marché Berthelot à Québec,
ca. 1935. Eau-forte, pointe-sèche ; 25 x 35 cm
BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
(EST D 014135 CON).

A print is an image printed on paper or another medium. Manual, personal intervention by the artist is required in working with the printing elements: generally, a metal plate, wood board, piece of linoleum or cardboard, stone or silk screen. The main print techniques are intaglio printing—aqua fortis, needle etching, burin etching, aquatint, mezzotint —embossing— wood engraving, lino cutting, collagraphy —planographic— silk-screen printing, lithography and stencil.

The print collection, put together after legal deposit became broader in scope in 1992, is comprised today of over 30,000 works by more than 1,500 artists. While the collection includes works from the early 20th century, it is composed primarily of Québec works created after the 1950s, such as Clarence Gagnon, Henry Ivan Neilson, Herbert Raine, Rodolphe Duguay et Simon Hudon. A limited number of print matrixes and drawings or other works on paper round out the production of certain printmakers.

Estampe: Chant du serin.

Kittie Bruneau,Chant du serin,
1975. Lithographie; 77 x 58 cm
BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
(EST BRU.K C CHANTD 010601).


Pierre Ayot, L’âge de pierre,
1967. Lithographie ; 67 x 53 cm
BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
(EST AYO.P C AGEDEP 007557).

Thanks to several remarkable acquisitions by the institution since 1992, the collection boasts virtually the entire production of engravings of many artists, such as Frederick B. Taylor, Alfred Pellan and Richard Lacroix. There are also several works by such printmakers as Albert Dumouchel, René Derouin, Michel Leclair, Pierre Ayot, Louis Pelletier, Carmelle Martineau, Bonnie Baxter, Roland Giguère, Louis-Pierre Bougie et Bill Vincent. 

Creation workshops continue to play an essential role in print development. The collection is home to a large number of prints from the following workshops: Engramme (Québec); Presse Papier (Trois-Rivières); La Guilde Graphique, Graff, Atelier Circulaire Atelier-Galerie A.Piroir, Atelier Glypto and Graphia ( Montréal); Le Zocalo (Longueuil); L'Estampille ( Dunham); Les Mille feuilles (Rouyn); L'Atelier d'estampe Sagamie ( Alma); L'Atelier de l'Île (Val-David).

BAnQ's print collection is a veritable anthology of artistic styles, techniques and trends that skilfully profiles Québec print production. The institution's role is to make available, promote and preserve Québec prints through its controlled collection spaces, exhibitions and publications.


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Thomas Corriveau, Blonde on blonde,
2008. Estampe numérique; 80 x 54 cm
BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
(EST COR.T C AUTOFI 011532).

Prints are described in the online catalogue. Thousands of prints have been digitized and can be readily accessed through the BAnQ numérique.

The reference collection at your disposal in BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie’s reading room includes several essential works on prints:

- Denis Martin, L’estampe au Québec, 1900-1950, Québec, Musée du Québec, 1988, 146 p.

- L’estampe originale au Québec 1980-1990, Montréal, Bibliothèque nationale du Québec ; Conseil québécois de l’estampe, 1991, 281 p. (Ouvrage également en vente à BAnQ )

- Gilles Daigneault, Ces artistes qui impriment, Montréal, Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, 2010, 184 p. (Ouvrage également en vente à BAnQ )

- Gilles Daigneault, Ginette Deslauriers, La Gravure au Québec (1940-1980), Saint-Lambert, Les Éditions Héritage, 1981, 268 p.

- Michèle Grandbois, L’art québécois de l’estampe 1945-1990, Québec, Musée du Québec, 1996, 401 p.

- Nicole Malenfant, L’Estampe, Québec, Documentation québécoise, Ministère des Communications, Éditeur officiel du Québec, 1979, 307 p.

BAnQ keeps over 1000 artists’ files related to its collections, and more than 150 files about cultural institutions. A majority of the artists’ files are listed in the Artists in Canada database. All the files can be viewed upon request in BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie’s reading room. 

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The prints can be studied in the reading room of BAnQ Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie. This room is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm.

Telephone: 514 873-1101, ext. 3823, or 1 800 363-9028 (in Québec)
Fax: 514 873-7168
E-mail: collectionspatrimoniales@banq.qc.ca

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