Antoine Plamondon

Father Charles Chiniquy

1841
The Catholic priest Charles Chiniquy was among the most flamboyant figures of his time. He was known as "the apostle of temperance" for his sermons deploring the perils of alcohol, which drew huge crowds. This portrait was executed when Plamondon was at the height of his career, and Chiniquy would remain his most illustrious model. It is the dynamism of the forms – the perfect arc of the arms surmounted by the regular oval of the face – that captures the churchman’s essential nature and unique personality.
Title
Father Charles Chiniquy
Date
1841
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
91.8 x 76.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2004
Accession number
41427

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