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Jean-Baptiste Côté

The Singer

Artist

Jean-Baptiste Côté
Quebec City 1832 – Quebec City 1907

Title

The Singer

Date

About 1865

Materials

Polychromed wood

Dimensions

81 x 20 x 21.5 cm

Credits

Gift, Paul Gouin Collection, inv. 2010.856

Collection

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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