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The Self-made Man, 1926

Alfred Laliberté
Canadian, 1878 - 1953
bronze
48 x 35.1 x 27.2 cm
Purchased 1986
National Gallery of Canada (no. 29230)

The creative process was a subject that fascinated Laliberté. Here, the sculptor carves himself out of stone or, as he wrote, "removes that which is too material to reveal an idealized youth." In a more autobiographical vein, "a young man born of a modest family attains, through his talent, labours and perseverance, a place among men."

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