Paul Caron, c. 1900
Born in Montreal in 1874, Paul Archibald Caron studied drawing and painting under William Brymner, Maurice Cullen and Edmond Dyonnet at the Art Association of Montreal. He worked 11 years in the stained glass industry making drawings for ornaments and figures and then for La Presse and the Montreal Star doing pen and ink drawings. He was a designer and illustrator for magazines but eventually turned to full time painting.
Carron painted particularly the old buildings and ancient areas of Montreal and Quebec City. He favoured winterscapes and painted many rural scenes in the Laurentians of which several were reproduced on Christmas cards.
He worked in watercolour using only distilled water and took great care in the selection of his materials to insure permanency.
Carron exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy and the spring shows of the Art Association of Montreal; Ontario Society of Artists, and the Fine Arts Section of the Canadian National Exhibition. His works were shown at L’Art français nowadays called Galerie Valentin.
He won the Jessie Dow prize for watercolours in 1931 and 1937. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy, ARCA in 1939.
His works are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of fine arts of Quebec.
Source: Colin S. Macdonald, A dictionary of Canadian artists, Volume 1, Canadian Paperbacks, 1977