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Louis-Philippe Hébert

Spring

Artist

Louis-Philippe Hébert
Sainte-Sophie-d'Halifax, Quebec, 1850 – Westmount, Quebec, 1917

Title

Spring

Date

1909

Materials

Patinated plaster

Dimensions

51 x 24.5 x 26 cm

Credits

Gift of Émile Colas, Q.C., LL.D., inv. 2006.27

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

In Canada, the safest way of creating a modest pretext for a full-length nude in the still uncharted realm of profane sculpture was through allegory. Hébert was a precursor: since 1890, he had been executing statuettes to produce in series for broad distribution. But because demand in Canada was limited, the two European founders he worked with did not acquire any of these pieces or their reproduction rights. Spring was produced in plaster only.

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