Journal of Canadian Art History / Annales d'histoire de l'art canadien

Remembering François-Marc Gagnon


picture of François-Marc Gagnon

Members, affiliates, fellows, and administrators of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art are deeply saddened by the loss of its Founding Director and Distinguished Research Fellow François-Marc Gagnon.

After an astonishingly rich and productive life in art history, François-Marc Gagnon died on 28 March 2019, surrounded by his family. We offer our deepest condolences to his wife Pnina Gagnon, his daughter Iris Amizlev and his two sons Lee-Yarden and Yakir Gagnon.

A pillar of Canadian art history, an adventurous and penetrating scholar, an inspiring teacher and public lecturer, François-Marc Gagnon was an indomitable spirit, a force for the importance of visual art and its understanding. The leading expert on the work and life of Paul-Émile Borduas – the pioneering author of the Borduas catalogue raisonné – François-Marc Gagnon threw his net much wider into Quebec and Canadian art, focusing his curiosity, rigour, empathy, and wit on a remarkable range of topics, including natural history – The Codex Canadensis – and historiography – the Writings of Louis Nicolas.