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Omnihomme
1974
Yvette Bisson

Born in Montreal, Yvette Bisson studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal from 1942 to 1947, then at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design from 1954 to 1956. In 1961, with Yves Trudeau, she founded the Association des Sculpteurs du Québec, acting as secretary for several years. She also co-founded the stone sculpture school at the Saidye Bronfman Centre, where she taught sculpture from 1963 to 1971. She taught at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, the Université du Québec à Montréal and Collège Saint-Louis-Maillet in Edmundston, New Brunswick, where she settled in 1970. Along with Françoise Sullivan, Bisson is considered one of the pioneers of new sculpture in Quebec, exhibiting her work as early as 1964 in the gardens of the Hélène de Champlain restaurant on Île Sainte-Hélène. She was awarded the Miller-Brittain Prize for her contribution to the development of the visual arts in New Brunswick through her artwork and teaching.

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Sculpture
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Commission from the artist, Purchase
Materials
wood
Overall size
466 x 1899 x 46 cm
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Place Dupuis, National Bank branch
Adress
801 Sainte-Catherine East, Montreal, QC H2L 4M4
Accessibility
Accessible during business hours only

Artwork description

The work of Yvette Bisson celebrates the elevation of humankind to the Absolute. In this work, two letters in the centre of the mural are arranged to suggest human figures. These are alpha (Λ) and omega (Ω), the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, a reference to the constantly evolving nature of the human race. Featuring various elements in contrasting colours, the mural is made out of various types of wood (white, yellow, black and red), symbolizing the roots of the main ethnic groups. Extending out from the centre, these elements represent the evolution and charateristics of the various peoples. Like a bridge between the nations, this work asks us to reflect on intercultural connections and exchange- a plea for building better relationships between the members of the human race.