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Laliberte, Alfred.
Legendes - Coutumes - Metiers de la Nouvelle France, Bronzes d'Alfred Laliberte.

Montreal Librarie Beauchemin Limitee:1934.

A survey of the work of this popular French-Canadian sculptor. Born in Quebec in 1878, as a child Laliberte learned to carve wood with a pocketknife on his family farm. At the age of 20 he completed a full-size statue of the Canadian Prime Minister for the Provincial Exhibition in Quebec City, and the Prime Minister was so enchanted that he encouraged the young man to attend art classes at the Societe des Arts in Montreal. Laliberte later also attended the Conseil des Arts et Metiers and then traveled to Paris, to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts for more study. After Paris he returned to his native land and completed both large commissions and smaller works. Although he had been heavily influenced by Auguste Rodin, Laliberte managed to move on into his own unique style, and it was in that style that he created perhaps his most famous sculptures. This was a series of 200 or so small pieces completed between 1928 and 1932, based on the humble workers of his own home town in Quebec, which he called " Legends, Metiers et Coutumes". These pieces show a wide variety of men and women engaged in the crafts and work of a typical Quebec rural community, and it was this work that earned him his title, "Sculptor of the Rural Tradition". This study is a well illustrated study of these rural pieces, illustrating French-Canadian men and women and their everyday tasks.

Softcover. 9.5"x12", 7 pages of text plus 122 b/w plates covers with moderate wear.

Inventory #: 13133
Price: $ 150.00      



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