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‘‘Although hyperrealistic, Yvette Froment’s work does not correspond to the traditional and North American definition of the term which relates to a detached and cold observation of daily reality. Froment’s paintings are the opposite of a rigorous objectivity, devoid of any emotion. If it is tempting to categorize her work as an entity submitted to photography’s rhetoric, this would only dissolve the iconographic importance of the artist’s scenes and it would be underestimating the composition that structures each one of them. Yvette Froment’s images are indeed the result of a candid look of reality, the one experienced by the artist and altered to follow her imagination.

Native of a rural milieu, Yvette Froment has always stayed close to nature. Concerned about the environment and ecology, she expresses her love of life through the use of patterns inspired by the macrocosm (…). On the structural plan, the compositions are mostly traditional (…). Yvette Froment plays with the viewer on different levels (…). The artist forces one to engage himself in a viewing that involves his comprehension of the world and the one he develops facing the phenomenon of the art work.’’

Excerpts from the text ‘‘La Réalité intimiste de son imaginaire’’ by Louise Beaudry.


Born: Crabtree Mills (QC)
Year of birth: 1937


  • University of Montreal, Visual Arts
  • Silkscreen course at Graff and several courses in fashion drawing, batik and enamel on copper


  • 2006 Maison Garth, Lorraine, QC, Canada
  • 2000 Tracel Art Gallery, Maison Blanchette, Cap Rouge, QC, Canada
  • 1998 Art Centre of Shawinigan, Shawinigan, Canada
  • 1998 Galerie les trois C, Centre Henri-Lemieux, Ville LaSalle, QC, Canada
  • 1996 Charlevoix Museum, La Malbaie-Pointe-au-Pic, QC, Canada
  • 1990 Grey Gallery, Cannes, France
  • 1990 Canadian Students House, Paris, France
  • Orford’s Art Centre, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada
  • Dominion Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1985 Cultural Centre Côtes-des-Neiges, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Dominion Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1980 Art & Style Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada


  • 2007-2009 Lamoureux Ritzenhoff Gallery, Montréal, Québec
  • 2006 Charlevoix Museum, artist invited for the exhibition «Les Jardins du monde», La Malbaie, QC, Canada
  • 2006 Whitfield Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • 2000 Ryal's Gallery, Boca Raton, Florida, USA
  • 2000 Rouyn-Noranda Exhibition Centre, «PassArt : Passage 1999-2000», Rouyn-Noranda, QC, Canada
  • 1999 Pratt and Whitney, «Les Femmeuses 1999», Longueuil, QC, Canada
  • 1998 «Peintres d'ici et d'ailleurs», Baie-St-Paul, QC, Canada
  • 1995-1998 Summer and Winter panoramas at Baie-St-Paul’s Art Centre
  • 1995 Stewart Hall, «Du dessein au dessin par-delà la couleur et la forme», Pointe-Claire, QC, Canada
  • 1995 Salon des galeries d'art du Québec, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1995 Art Gallery du Parc, «Le Goût de l'eau», Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada
  • 1995 «Taïga», Baie-St-Paul, QC, Canada
  • 1994 Century Gallery, «Of color and light and drawing allusions», Los Angeles, USA
  • 1993 «Comparaisons France-Japon», travelling exhibition of one year in 16 cities and museums of Japan, organized by the Nippon Television Network after the Salon Comparaisons de Paris the previous year
  • 1992 Salon Comparaisons, Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
  • 1992 Canadian Ambassy, Association of Canadian Women, Paris, France
  • 1992 Espace Chapon, «Art contemporain du Canada», Paris, France
  • 1992 Sutton Gallery, «Art postal», Sutton, QC, Canada
  • 1992 D.P'Art and MEC, «En attendant le soleil», Paris, France
  • 1992 D.P'Art and MEC, «Jeu de mémoire: 1492-1992», Paris, France
  • 1992 Caplain-Matignon Gallery, Paris, France
  • 1991 Canadian Ambassy, Association of Canadian Women, Paris, France
  • 1991 Salon des beaux-arts, Beaumont, France
  • 1991 Caplain-Matignon Gallery, Paris, France
  • 1990 Salon Comparaisons, Grand-Palais, Paris, France
  • 1990 VIIIe Biennale des beaux-arts, Beaumont, France
  • 1988 «Femmes de parole et écologie», travelling exhibition of contemporary art organized by the University Graduate Women Association, Cultural Centre Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal; Port-Maurice Gallery, Ville St-Léonard; Gabrielle-Roy Library, Quebec City; St-Hyacinthe’s Exhibition Centre; Cultural Centre Fernand-Charest, St-Jean; Gatineau’s Exhibition Centre
  • 1986 Launching of Domtar’s Agenda at Stop 33 in Toronto, ON and at Grand Hotel in Montreal, QC
  • 1984 Grand-Palais, «35e Salon de la jeune peinture», Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
  • 1983 Salon international des galeries d'art, Palais des congrès, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1983 Cultural Centre Côtes-des-Neiges, «Peintres du Québec», Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1982 Moos Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • 1980 Salon des refusés, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1979 International Art Festival, Vélodrome olympique, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 1977-78 University of Montreal and Ontario College of Arts, Exhibition of the student’s works


  • 2008 Elected "Academy Member" by the AIBAQ - International Academy of Fine Arts of Quebec
  • 1980 Realization of eight works for Montreal’s Louis-Riel Centre as part of the 1 % policy of the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.
  • 1991 After Mrs. Madeleine Arbour’s request, realization of two pieces for a Via Rail Canada inc. project about the integration of works of art in LRC trains.


  • Bernier, Robert. "Yvette Froment: questionnement sur le réel", Parcours, Aug.-Sept.-Oct. 2008, no. 64, p. 38-39
  • Vinet, Françoise. "Yvette Froment: une artiste libre et vraie", Liaison, June-July 2008, vol. 36, no. 4, p. 12-13


  • Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Communications of Quebec
  • Gaz Métropolitain
  • Coopérative Fédérée
  • Canadian Pacific
  • June Lee inc.
  • Canadian Corporate Funding
  • The Laurentian Bank
  • Spectralite 70 Ltd
  • Schenly
  • Bernard Rayltrac Export Corporation
  • University of Quebec in Montreal (UQÀM)
  • University of Montreal (UdM)
  • Via Rail Canada inc.
  • Peerless Carpet Corporation


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