L’embuscade de Charles Deschamps de Boishébert II, from the series Bagarres (description)

For some artists, painting is a place of resistance. This is evident in the works of Mario Doucette’s series Bagarres, which deal with themes surrounding colonization and assimilation. As the title indicates, the series incorporates elements of mythology related to cultural identity and the history of the country’s conflicts, specifically those concerning the warring past of Acadia. L’embuscade de Charles Deschamps de Boishébert II [Melees] recounts how lions assisted the British in putting down Acadian resistance during the Great Expulsion. The protagonist of the narrative, Charles Deschamps de Boishébert II, was a French naval officer deployed in New France and best known for fighting with the Acadians against the invading forces. As the symbol of England’s imperial power, the lion represents the monarchy’s strength and supremacy. In introducing this painting, Doucette points out that the lion appears on the coat of arms of Canada and those of seven provinces, representing ties with the British monarchy, and that, somewhat ironically, it is even prominent on the New Brunswick flag.
Marie-Eve Beaupré

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