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Muhlstock, Louis (1904-2001)
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Louis Muhlstock was born in Narajow, Galicia, Ukraine in 1904. In 1911, he and his family joined his father who had immigrated to Montréal in 1908. As a teenager, he studied drawing at the National Council of Arts and Manufacturers under the guidance of Edmond Dyonnet (1859-1954) and Joseph Saint-Charles (1868-1956). He then joined the Art Association of Montréal from 1920 to 1928 attending evening classes with William Brymner (1855-1925). During this time, he attended classes at the École des Beaux Arts de Montréal. In 1928 he went to Paris, France and it was there that he studied with Louis-François Bilhoul (1874-1947). Quote “It is with Bilhoul that I really started to paint. He was a very fine, sincere painter, in the tradition of the old masters.” Muhlstock continued to paint, make prints and draw throughout his long lifetime. He died in Montréal in 2001.
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Excerpted from Louis Muhlstock; A Biography by Monique Nadeau-Saumier from Louis Muhlstock: New Themes and Variations 1980-1985 Concordia
Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montréal, 1986.
Further Information: MacDonald, Colin S. A Dictionary of Canadian Artists. 1st ed., Volume 4, Little--Myles, Canadian Paperbacks Pub, 1967. p1328-1331.