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Louis Dulongpré

The Last Supper

Artist

Louis Dulongpré
Saint-Denis, France, 1759 – Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, 1843

Artist (birthplace)

After Jean Restout (1692-1768)

Title

The Last Supper

Date

About 1805-1810

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

98 x 80 cm

Credits

Gift of Mario Brodeur in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2013.4

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Dulongpré’s large copy of the Last Supper after Jean Restout at the church of Notre-Dame, Montreal, has long been known. It was commissioned about 1811-1812 for the church of Saint-Martin on Île Jésus. The copy of the Notre-Dame Last Supper exhibited here has the same dimensions as its model, which is unusual for this artist. Yet, the brushwork and signature revealed by recent restoration clearly support the attribution to Dulongpré. This work shows how the paintings imported by the Sulpicians of Montreal served as examples for artists before the arrival in Quebec City of the European works in the Desjardins collection in 1817 and 1820.

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