Roger Langevin studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, then earned a degree in visual arts education at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He was a professor of visual arts from 1963 to 1975. He created a number of monumental sculptures, including, in 1981, Monument aux travailleurs, a permanent artwork for the front of the head office of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux, on Avenue De Lorimier in Montréal. One of his bronze sculptures, Nos traces en héritage (1989), is installed at the Centre de la nature de Laval.
The larger-than-life bronze statue is presented in Parc La Fontaine, bordering a square encircled by 30 bronze plaques each of which is inscribed with a word of a quotation from one of Félix Leclerc’s poems: “Nous sommes des Québécois issus de la vieille France, maîtres chez nous et loin des rois après trois siècles de patience, nous sommes québécois depuis et pour des siècles …” (We are Québécois who come from old France, masters of our land, and far from kings after three centuries of patience, we have been Québécois since then and for centuries …)
The poet is portrayed standing, his right hand on his hip and his left hand holding a jacket thrown over his shoulder. The texture of his trousers evokes the bark of a tree, but his upper body dominates the composition.
“The figure is sculptural. He has the physical and mental statute of a Moses. He represents the Father.” – Roger Langevin