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Bust of Louvigny de Montigny, 1908

Alfred Laliberté
Canadian, 1878 - 1953
bronze
53.5 x 38.4 x 27.2 cm
Purchased 1909
National Gallery of Canada (no. 246)

Laliberté's first sculpted portrait of his friend, author and playwright Louvigny de Montigny, was destroyed in a fire at the Toronto exhibition of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in April 1908. At de Montigny's insistence Laliberté realized a second bust with considerably more flair and personality. The open shirt, the tilt of the head and the flamboy Napoleon III beard and moustache convey the sense of a man of great self-confidence and intelligence. De Montigny was translator for the Senate of Canada from 1910 to his death in 1955.

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