Artworks and Artists
Cholera Plague, Quebec
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Cholera Plague, Quebec,
c. 1832
Légaré, Joseph
oil on canvas
82.2 x 111.4 cm

Interpretation:

This painting is a very unique representation of 19th-century urban life. In his works, Légaré often attempts to show the rapid transformation of the cities within the new colonies. Here, he shows his flair for the dramatic by depicting a night scene. And even more significantly, the scene is set in a public place - the market - the hub of community activities, suggesting that no one is safe.