This work is called Espagne (Spain), and was done by Automatist painter and sculptor Jean-Paul Riopelle. This image does nothing to convey the tactile quality of the actual work, which is very dynamic texturally as well as coloristically. His other two works that earned quick love from our family were Sun Spray and The Green Parrot.
One of the gems of the Musée is their Inuit Art collection. We saw incredible carvings, mostly, but some drawings as well. Our hands down favorite pieces were those of the dancing polar bears, like seen above. There were sculptures also of polar bears swimming (which looked absolutely life-like!), musk oxen, wolves, whales, half-woman/half-fish gods, and hawks. Materials used ranged from caribou antler to serpentinite (a gorgeous green stone) to whale or narwhal bone. The other most incredible piece was a narwhal ivory horn carved top to bottom with swirling animal and human imagery. Incredible detail and it was great to learn about a culture that doesn't get a lot of exposure.
My favorite piece (my Dad's too) was actually discovered before even going to Quebec. This is Return to Italy, #2 by Marcelle Ferron (1954), a piece from the museum's Abstract and Figurative Art collection. I just adore the rainbow of colors in this piece (it expresses all kinds of emotions!) and the texture and flow of the spatula/knife strokes are really something else. She was a stained glass artist as well as a painter. I find her work to be inspiring and this is the type of painting, were it in my house, I could look at, adore, and be inspired by every day. :)