James Bowman

Charles-Pierre Pelletier

c. 1831-1833
When the Quebec City merchant Pierre Pelletier decided to commission portraits of his family, he turned to Antoine Plamondon for his own likeness but entrusted the pictures of his wife and children to James Bowman. Although the American-born Bowman spent only a few years in Canada, he worked in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto, earning considerable success with his portrayals of women and children. "Charles-Pierre Pelletier" is one of the best examples of his oeuvre. The cheerful little boy - rosy-cheeked, shiny-eyed and dressed in his Sunday best - is shown in a close-up view, against a neutral ground. There is great appeal in the way luxuriant colour has been use to translate the vitality of youth.
Artist
Title
Charles-Pierre Pelletier
Date
c. 1831-1833
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
58.7 x 49.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian; American
Credit line
Purchased 1950
Accession number
5030