Georges Delfosse was born in Mascouche on December 8, 1869. He moved to Montréal in 1882, to study painting with Joseph Chabert at the Institut national des beaux-arts de Montréal, William Brymner (Art Association of Montréal) as well as with Edmond Dyonnet. In turn, Delfosse taught painters such as Rodolphe Duguay and Narcisse Poirier. During his career, which lasted fifty years, he completed a remarkable corpus of almost 3,000 creations.
By 1890, he was focusing his practice on religious paintings and created several works that still adorn Québec churches: These include the cathedrals of Montréal, Joliette, Mascouche and Terrebonne. Despite the importance of this art, the painter is primarily known for his historical paintings and portraits, noteworthy for their poetic aspect and the artist’s effort to make them authentic. Among his most celebrated portraits is one of Sir Wilfred Laurier, completed in 1897.