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Marianne
1913
Paul Chevré
1866 - 1914

Paul Romain Marie Léonce Chevré is a french sculptor born in Brussels on July 5 in 1866. Really famous in Canada, his father was the sculptor Romain Paul Chevré. He exposed for the first time in 1890. It’s in 1898 that Quebec city asked him to create his Samuel de Champlain monument which made him famous. In 1912, Paul Chevré sculpted Wilfrid Laurier’s torso for the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa. To participate to the building’s inauguration he went on the Titanic in April 1912. The boat wrecked in the night of the April 14 to the April 15 an Paul Chevré is miraculously saved by a life raft. He passed the two years after that incident travelling between Canada and France. It’s in that context that the artist sculpted Marianne ou la République, an important bronze statue, just before giving it to the Montreal’s Union Française in 1913. The statue is still in front of the association historic building’s entrance, on
the Viger East avenue.

Paul Chevré died at Asnières-sur-Seine on the February 20 in 1914

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Category
Sculpture
Acquisition mode
Donation
Materials
Copper alloy, ferrous alloy (sword)
Location
Location
Location
Union Françaises de Montréal
Adress
429 Avenue Viger E, Montréal, QC H2L2N9
Accessibility
at all time

Artwork description

In 1912, Paul Chevré sculpted Wilfrid Laurier’s torso for the Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa. To participate to the building’s inauguration he went on the Titanic in April 1912. The boat wrecked in the night of the April 14 to the April 15 an Paul Chevré is miraculously saved by a life raft. He passed the two years after that incident travelling
between Canada and France. It’s in that context that the artist sculpted Marianne ou la République, an important bronze statue, just before giving it to the Montreal’s Union Française in 1913. The statue is still in front of the association historic building’s entrance, on the Viger East avenue.

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