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Sister Saint-Alphonse, 1841

Antoine Plamondon
Canadian, 1804 - 1895
oil on canvas
90.6 x 72 cm
Purchased 1937
National Gallery of Canada (no. 4297)

The family of Sister Saint-Alphonse, born Marie-Louise-Émilie Pelletier (1816-1843), commissioned this portrait two years after the subject had taken her solemn vows at the cloister of the Hôpital-Général in Quebec City. Plamondon had studied in France from 1826 to 1830, under Jean-Baptiste Guérin, court painter to King Charles X. In this well-balanced composition, the artist has skilfully retained the individuality of the subject.

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