Images of Canada

However, Jack London's stories and the images of Canada in Clarence Gagnon's paintings had long been haunting my imagination. Why not use this new-found freedom and lack of work or prospects to travel and discover Canada? A Quebec culture minister came to Rennes to deliver an interesting talk on the survival of the French language in Quebec. I approached the Canadian Embassy, but artists were not welcome. They were looking for specialists, investors and farmers, and people were lining up to immigrate.

Trapper's Camp, illustration by Clarence Gagnon for "Au pays de Maria Chapdelaine" by Maurice Constantin-Weyer. Credit: L'Illustration, December 5, 1931, Paris