Le devenir de l'art d'église des paroisses catholiques du Québec : architecture, arts, pratiques, patrimoine (1965-2002)

Authors: Gauthier, Richard
Advisor: Bergeron, Claude
Abstract: In this doctoral thesis we examine the problem of the transformations taking place in church art in the Catholic parishes in Quebec. After enjoying a lengthy heyday, this artistic tradition is now in a state of mutation not always easy to grasp. We need to take a methodical approach when placing the problem in its proper perspective, attempting to comprehend its nature and timelessness, and proposing suitable guidelines for finding a solution. Firstly, we can arrive at a reasonably accurate notion of the current state of church art in the Catholic parishes in Québec through a careful examination of the history of the sacred art committees in the Catholic dioceses of Québec, Montréal and Saint-Jean-Longueuil, which were on the front lines of the evolution of church art in their parishes after the Second Vatican Council, by examining the new observances in a few of these churches, and by taking an inventory of new constructions and partial transformations of parish churches in the most heavily populated dioceses. Secondly, using an appropriate theoretical system, in order to assess the possibility for this art to integrate elements of living culture and keeping in mind what we have learned from almost two millenia of church art, we can conclude that the relationship between this artistic tradition and its present evolution in Québec is less problematic than it appears. In spite of the conspicious drop in orders for religious art objects in the years following the Council, church art survives in the public domain thanks to the interest in this area of our heritage on the part of many citizens. Consequently, this artistic tradition survives in an original way, and will continue to evolve.
Document Type: Thèse de doctorat
Issue Date: 2004
Open Access Date: 11 April 2018
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/17936
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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