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Jean-Baptiste Côté

The Singer


Jean-Baptiste Côté
Quebec City 1832 – Quebec City 1907


The Singer


About 1865


Polychromed wood


81 x 20 x 21.5 cm


Gift, Paul Gouin Collection, inv. 2010.856


Quebec and Canadian Art

Between 1859 and 1868, Jean-Baptiste Côté was a printer-caricaturist for the satirical press in Quebec City. The practice of caricature had an obvious effect on his profane sculpture, for example the exaggerated elongation in his representations of figures engaged in the pastimes of the middle class. The caption to one of his similar caricatures (A Drawing Room Vocalist, in La Scie illustrée, February 23, 1866) confirms his intention to satirize this group. His works in this genre are unique in the history of Canadian sculpture.

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