Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

Canada's first commemorative sculptor honoured in major retrospective at National Gallery of Canada

Ottawa, Canada - October 2, 2001


 « Le premier statuaire commémoratif canadien honoré dans une rétrospective majeure présentée au Musée des beaux-arts du Canada » 
The National Gallery of Canada is pleased to present a major retrospective that honours the life and career of Louis-Philippe Hébert, Canada's first commemorative sculptor and a key figure in the history of Canadian art. Louis-Philippe Hébert, 1850-1917. National Sculptor offers a look at Québec and Canadian society at a critical point in their histories. It also reveals the diversity of Hébert's œuvre and the scale of his ambitions as seen in the monuments he erected across Canada. The exhibition will be on view at the National Gallery from 10 October 2001 – 6 January 2002.

Louis-Philippe Hébert, 1850-1917. National Sculptor features some 120 works from 26 public and 34 private collections throughout Canada. it addresses the breadth of Hébert's production from religious art to poetic and allegorical figures, from Amerindian scenes to national heroes. It is the first retrospective of Hébert's work since 1924, when the sculptor Henri Hébert organized an exhibition at the Art Association of Montreal in honour of his father. Media Preview Tuesday 9 October from 10 am to 2 pm A luncheon will be served. R.S.V.P. (613) 991-4793

Hébert's Ottawa connection
The presentation of Louis-Philippe Hébert, 1850-1917. National Sculptor at the National Gallery is complemented by programming that highlights well-known Ottawa monuments created by Hébert. A video presentation and a self-guided walking tour give visitors an introduction to Hébert's monuments of Sir John A. Macdonald, Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier, Queen Victoria, and Alexander Mackenzie on Parliament Hill, and to the biblical figures in Notre-Dame Cathedral that faces the Gallery.

Born into a modest farming family in the Bois-Francs region of Québec, Louis-Philippe Hébert achieved unusual success in his lifetime. Although he began his career like many of his contemporaries in Québec, creating religious art to decorate churches, his extraordinary talent and business acumen won him many significant commissions. By the end of his prolific career, Hébert was decorated and honoured on many occasions both at home and abroad. His works were shown in various international exhibitions in such venues as Antwerp (1885), London (1886), Paris (1889 and 1900) and Glasgow (1901)

The exhibition was produced jointly by the Musée du Québec and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and is made possible through the financial support of the Museums Assistance Program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The Musée du Québec is a government corporation funded by the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. Media sponsorship for the exhibition's presentation at the National Gallery has been generously provided by the Ottawa Citizen.

Louis-Philippe Hébert, 1850-1917. National Sculptor is accompanied by a major fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue produced in French by the Musée du Québec and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A CD Rom packaged inside the catalogue contains the English texts of all the essays.

"Sensational Sundays" (14 October, 18 November, and 9 December): A series of three special days full of activities that complement the exhibition. There will be something for all ages, including lectures, sculpture demonstrations and adult and children sculpture workshops.

Public tours: Offered every Saturday at 2 pm, beginning 20 October. Free with admission to the exhibition.

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