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Adrien Hébert

The Departure


Adrien Hébert
Paris 1890 – Montreal 1967


The Departure




Oil on canvas


81.7 x 101.4 cm


Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Jacques Olivier, inv. 1993.20


Quebec and Canadian Art

In Adrien Hébert's Departure, one of his first works on the thème of the Montréal harbour, there is still a great deal of space devoted to natural éléments like the water, sky and coloured reflections. But the smoke that blackens the sky already indicates the prédominance of industry. The composition places the ships on the right outside the frame, associating the painter's eye to that of the contemporary photographer, who decentralizes the images and crops the motifs.

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