Antoine Plamondon

The Flute-player

1867
When, in 1851, Plamondon moved to a house with a large studio in Neuville, it gave fresh impetus to his career. He began exploring the theme of a flute-player, new to Canadian art, and this painting was the final result. Without the landscape that appears in earlier versions it focuses on the informally posed musician’s hands and face, which are beautifully rendered and skilfully lit. Several musical instruments can be seen at the top of the magnificent carved gilt frame, which is original.
Title
The Flute-player
Date
1867
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
108.2 x 85.8 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1973
Accession number
17605