- The wise man of the mountain
- An inspired artist
- In Heaven and on Earth
- Places of the heart
- Life's moments
- A closer look
Women's portraits and familiar faces
An artist and his models
Ozias Leduc regularly asks his relatives to pose for his paintings. He started integrating photography into his work in the mid-1890s as a means to free his models from tiresome sessions.
He mainly used his younger sister Ozema as a model. She can be found in the 1894 painting called The Reader in which a teenage girl reads, an open book held in her hands. The sober background and light emanating from the subject's face are reminiscent of Rembrandt. As for the treatment of the subject, Leduc attaches great importance to intellectual activities such as reading, possibly an echo of his own youth.The artist will also ask Ozema to pose as the Virgin Mary in the preparatory stages of The Assumption in the church of Saint-Hilaire.
People also commission portraits from Leduc, either as a visual memory of their youth or for posterity. The artist paints not only important members of the community, such as clergymen and politicians, but also acquaintances and friends.
He made several portraits of friends, including one of Florence and another of Fred Bindoff, whom he was close to during the last thirty-five years of his life. Florence was renowned for her elegance and grace, and this is how Leduc so beautifully captured her.
Many of his female portraits were initiated by Leduc himself, in a less formal style. He knew how to accurately read his era and people from his entourage. Usually a private man, it's through these portraits that he reveals to us a certain intimacy.
What I'm partly looking for is likeness, which seems necessary to me up to a point; but it’s above all the character, my model’s usual ways, that I want to set. - Ozias Leduc