Sainte-Sophie-d'Halifax, Quebec, 1850 – Westmount, Quebec, 1917
51 x 24.5 x 26 cm
Gift of Émile Colas, Q.C., LL.D., inv. 2006.27
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.