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Micheline Beauchemin was born in Longueuil, Quebec in 1929. She studied in Montreal at the École des Beaux Arts and later in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière with Ossip Zadkine.

In 1954, she exhibited her stained glass and a collection of tapestries at Chartres and subsequently completed several major Canadian art commissions, including one for La Place des Arts, Montreal and another for the National Arts Centre, Ottawa.

In 1959, Beauchemin received a Canada Council Fellowship. She spent several years studying in Japan during the 1960s and completed this tapestry there. The artist is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In March of 2006, Beauchemin was one of seven recipients to be honored with a Governor General's award in Visual and Media Arts.

In this particular work, Beauchemin has combined various woven materials, acrylic fibres and transparent acrylic beads of fluorescent pigments to produce an effect reminiscent of that of a large cathedral window or, perhaps, of the evolution of new growth after the ice age.

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Micheline Beauchemin's AB-1,
looking up the stairs, 1966-68
Government of Ontario Art Collection
Archives of Ontario

Photo: Micheline Beauchemin's AB-1, looking up the stairs, 1966-68
AB-1, 1966-68 - Micheline Beauchemin

AB-1, 1966-68
Micheline Beauchemin, R.C.A. (b. 1930)
acrylic fibres and beads
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619778

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