Paul-Émile Borduas: Le Refus global [Total Refusal] (1782 words)


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Refus global or Total Refusal is a manifesto composed of artistic texts and lithographs, and published in Montreal by the Éditions Mythra-Mythe on August 9, 1948. The richness and multidisciplinary nature of this work are the result of the collaboration of several automatist artists from Quebec. Among them are: Paul-Émile Borduas, a painter and the author of the first three texts in the collection, the most famous of which is the eponymous manifesto “Refus global”; Claude Gauvreau, poet and playwright, who wrote three theatrical texts; and finally Bruno Cormier, Françoise Sullivan and Fernand Leduc, who enriched the collection with three other theoretical and poetic articles. The cover o…

Citation: Ali, Suzette. "Le Refus global". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2018 [, accessed 30 November 2020.]

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