Concordia University

François-Marc Gagnon, PhD

Affiliate Professor, Art History
Founding Director & Distinguished Research Fellow, Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art


François-Marc Gagnon
Office: EV 3-727
Engineering and Visual Arts Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 4289                         

Dr. François-Marc Gagnon is the Founding Director and Distinguished Research Fellow of the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. Dr. Gagnon is internationally recognized as an outstanding senior scholar in Canadian visual culture. In 1999, he received the Order of Canada. He is a teacher, researcher, writer, and lecturer, and a tireless promoter of Canada's visual heritage. A dynamic and inspiring teacher, he taught at the Université de Montréal for thirty-five years. He was also a lecturer in Concordia's graduate art history program. Dr. Gagnon is a prolific researcher and has received the Governor General's Award for his 1978 critical biography of Paul-Émile Borduas. His other books include La Conversion par l'image (1975), Paul-Émile Borduas: Ecrits/Writings 1942-1958 (1978), Paul-Émile Borduas (1988) for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Chronique du mouvement automatiste québécoise 1941-1954 (1998) and The Codex Canadensis and the Writings of Louis Nicolas (2012). Other numerous monograph studies span the history of Quebec art, including such publications as Premiers peintres de la Nouvelle-France (1976) to recent writings on Riopelle. Dr. Gagnon also has written a substantial number of essays for exhibition catalogues and has curated a number of these exhibitions. In addition he has regularly contributed chapters to a lengthy list of books on Quebec visual culture. He has also been a regular contributor to The Journal of Canadian Art History/Annales de l'histoire de l'art canadien and is a member of its editorial board, among others. Many of his publications have received awards and all of his writings take pride of place in the history of Canadian and Quebec art. In addition, Dr. Gagnon has been an honoured speaker at numerous scholarly conferences across Canada and also reached the wider community through his television series entitled Introduction à la peinture moderne au Québec for Canal Savoir. More recently he has presented a series of annual lectures on aspects of Canadian art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with the Jarislowsky Institute. He has served on various boards of museums and is constantly called upon as a consultant to art and academic institutions.

Research interests
  • Canada's Visual Heritage
  • Paul-Émile Borduas
  • Quebec Art


  • ARTH 271 Introduction to Canadian Art
  • ARTH 272 From Realism to Abstration in Canadian Art
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