A Child's Soul
Musée de Charlevoix
Folk art is usually defined as an art form created by the popular social classes, for its use and pleasure. Most often, folk art comes to us from anonymous hands; but sometimes from ones of recognized and respected masters. Folk art can be found in the countryside as well as in the city. Often inspired and derived from the official art of institutions and the elite, with local influences added, folk art distinguishes itself by its authentic character, described as naïve, and the direct way in which the objects are executed. Folk artists express themselves on objects of common utility, in architecture, decoration, but also in the production of sculptural objects. In this field, the Bourgeault brothers of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli are the most famous and influential.