A self-taught artist, Robert Lapalme is known for being one of the great Canadian political caricaturists of the twentieth century. In the 1940s, he became actively involved in the fight against the government of Maurice Duplessis, whom he relentlessly caricatured in the daily Le Devoir. He organized the Salon international de la caricature (from 1963 to 1988), and was artistic director of Expo 67 and the Montréal Métro. Influenced by cubism, Lapalme was also a painter; he produced a series of paintings for the Berri-UQAM Métro station and Place des Arts.
Created for Expo 67, these three paintings illustrate the themes of science, culture, and entertainment. Originally located at Expo’s Place d’Accueil, they were subsequently reinstalled in the métro, at the personal request of Mayor Jean Drapeau.