Alfred Pellan was born in Quebec City on May 16, 1906. He studied at the http://www.klinkhoff.com/canadian-artist/Alfred-Pellan École des beaux-arts de Québec (1920-1925). When he was 16 years old, the National Gallery of Canada purchased his painting Corner of Old Quebec. In 1926 he became the first recipient of an art scholarship offered by the Quebec government. This allowed him to go study in Paris, where he lived until 1940.