Universal Refusal at 75

On August 9, 1948, a manifesto signed by 16 Quebecers rejected the conservatism of Quebec society. Here’s a historical twist in articles and photos.


A statement in validation mode

With its reputation for immature modernism, as we sometimes abbreviate it, was this manifesto a prophetic speech that ended the great darkness and opened the way for a peaceful revolution? Nowadays, its re-reading brings nuances.

In the path of original copies

The original version Universal denial There are 400 numbered copies. “It’s wise to get a copy as soon as possible,” he said le Canada August 16, 1948, in reference to this limited edition. Where did the original copies go? What is the value? Pres He went looking for them.

Signed the election manifesto

Sixteen people – nine men and seven women – signed the Refus Global Statement. Journalist André Duchesne presents them in a few words.

  • Paul-Emilie Bordwas

    Photo by Maurice Perron, National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, courtesy of Line-Sylvie Perron.

    Paul-Emilie Bordwas

  • Francois Sullivan

    Photograph by Michel Gravel, La Presse Fonds (P833, S2, D5112), National Archives in Montreal, reproduction François Roy, La Presse

    Francois Sullivan

  • Marcel Barbeau

    Photograph Michel Gravel, Fonds la Presse (P833, S2, D178) Archives Nationale de Montréal, reproduced by François Roy, magazine

    Marcel Barbeau

  • Francois Riobel

    Photo Lucien Desjardins, La Presse Fonds (P833, S2, D4617), National Archives at Montreal, reproduction François Roy, La Presse

    Francois Riobel

  • Madeleine Arbor

    Photo by Jean Gaubill, Press Fund (P833, S2, D71), National Archives, Montreal, reproduced by Francois Roy, La Presse

    Madeleine Arbor

  • Fernand Leduc

    Reproduction François Roy, press

    Fernand Leduc

  • Muriel Guilbault

    Photo Desaudels, Georges Ouvraud and Nicole Hood-Ovraud Funds (P948, S1, D8), National Archives in Montreal, reproduction Francois Roy, La Presse

    Muriel Guilbault

  • Jean Paul Riobel

    Photo Jean-Yves Letourneau, La Presse Fonds (P833, S2, D4618), National Archives in Montreal, reproduction Francois Roy, La Presse

    Jean Paul Riobel

  •     Bruno Cormier in the winter of 1948

    Photo by Maurice Perron, National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, courtesy of Line-Sylvie Perron.

    Bruno Cormier in the winter of 1948

  • Claude Gouvreau

    Photo by Paul-Henri Talbot, La Presse Archives

    Claude Gouvreau

  • Pierre Gauvreau in 1979

    Photo by Jean-Yves Letourneau, Press Archives

    Pierre Gauvreau in 1979

  • Marcel Ferron

    Photo by Jean-Yves Letourneau, Press Archives

    Marcel Ferron

  • Therese Renaud in 1953

    Photo by Maurice Perron, National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, courtesy of Line-Sylvie Perron.

    Therese Renaud in 1953

  • Jean-Paul Mousseau in 1961

    Photo by Paul-Henri Talbot, La Presse Archives

    Jean-Paul Mousseau in 1961

  • Self-portrait of Maurice Peron, 1949-1950

    Photo by Maurice Perron, Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec, courtesy of Line-Sylvie Perron

    Self-portrait of Maurice Peron, 1949-1950

  • Louis Renaud, 2000s

    Photo courtesy of Eddie Costiner

    Louis Renaud, 2000s

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Report, on loose sheets

Maurice Perron and eds. Mitra-Maith, Claude Gouvreau, The prism of the eye… Here it is Universal denial In spare parts.

Some echoes of his media reception

initiation Universal denial It provoked diverse, divided opinion in Quebec newspapers and magazines. We found some of these words from digital archives of newspapers.

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The following recommendations relate directly or indirectly to related works Universal denialPaul-Emile Bourdois and the Automatists or those freely inspired by them.

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