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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.