Minden's Gentle Cavalier: The Life of Andre Lapine


Minden's Gentle Cavalier: The Life of Andre Lapine


Lockhart, Daniel

Host Organization

Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Host contact: Graham, Dianne
The Agnes Jamieson Gallery

Supervising Faculty

Wadland, John; Whillans, Tom
Departments: Canadian Studies and Environmental Studies

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Location of Document

U-Links Office and online




Life and works of Andre Lapine


The works of Canadian artist Andre Lapine grace many art collections in Canada. There is praise for both his beautiful works as well as his gentle and pleasant demeanor. Pearl McCarthy, a journalist and art critic based in Toronto, referred to Lapine as the Gentle Cavalier. It was a name that stuck and would follow him throughout his life and after his death. It has now been half a century since his death yet he is still discussed with great admiration in many art circles today. In his life, he spent very little time out of the discussion of the media.

The legacy that Andre Lapine left behind was seemingly awe-inspiring. During the twenty years or so that he spent traveling Europe he finished a known 50 paintings. The sheer number of paintings he produced while living in Canada far exceeds that number. Most of his works remain in the hands of private owners. The largest public collection resides at the Agnes Jamieson Gallery in Minden, Ontario. The late Frank Welch donated forty-nine works in all, most of which are oil landscapes. This paper gives a vivid description of the life and works of Andre Lapine.


Trent University



Lockhart, Daniel, Minden's Gentle Cavalier: The Life of Andre Lapine, Trent University, 2000