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Sigh of the Lake, 1903

Louis-Philippe Hébert
Canadian, 1850 - 1917
bronze
55 x 16 x 16 cm
Gift of the Royal Bank of Canada, 1990
National Gallery of Canada (no. 35536)

From the 1890s Louis-Philippe Hébert produced a number of small sculptures, many drawn from imagined or real episodes in the history of New France. The story of this idealized and eroticized Algonquin woman leaning against her nigog, or fishing spear, is clarified in the inscription on the base. "L'homme blanc fuirait-il la cabane algonquine?" Exploited by the white colonist, will she be abandoned and left behind?

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