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6.1 Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Ite missa est (Allez, la messe est dite ),
illustration pour 'Maria Chapdelaine' de Louis Hémon , 1916. Fusain sur papier
collé sur carton, 48,5 x 62,5 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec,
1934.76, achat en 1927. Photo: Patrick Altman / Ite missa est (The Mass is
over), illustration for 'Maria Chapedelaine' by Louis Hémon , 1916. Charcoal on
paper mounted on cardboard, 48.5 x 62.5 cm. Musée national des beaux-arts
du Québec, 1934.76, purchased in 1927. Photo: Patrick Altman.
Clarence Gagnon undertook the first set of coloured illustrations for
the novel in 1933, producing sixty works in a mixture of chalk, gouache,
pastel, and graphite. 6
For the initial scene, L'église de Péribonka (figure 6.2), Gagnon adopts
a relatively distant vantage point in order to achieve a panoramic and
picturesque composition, rather simplified by reduction to the hori-
zontal bands of river, land, and sky, of near-equal weight, which serve
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