A village worth painting
Saint-Léandre offers a different view of the wind turbines erected on its territory.
It is in this village that the famous painter Calude Picher spent the last twenty years of his life, and it is in his local workshop that he painted his famous canvasses illustrating the natural splendours of the Gaspé Peninsula. Born in Quebec City in 1927, Claude Picher began painting at the age of seven. He was accepted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1973, and has always been an ardent defender of representational painting. Between 1991 and 1995, he donated an important collection composes of one hundred canvasses to the city of Matane. This collection, called La Couleur de la Gaspésie, tries to identify the Gaspésie with art. Because of an unimaginable love for this wonderful part of the country, the artist maintained that his adoptive homeland had to be painted in its entirety.