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Sans titre
1961
Paul Borduas
1940 - 1997

The son of Paul-Émile Borduas, a signatory of the Refus global, Paul Borduas studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal in 1961. He assisted Jean-Paul Mousseau in the creation of the mural integrated into the Hydro-Québec building and acted as an assistant at the first Symposium international de sculpture du Québec, where he produced a work with Ivanhoë Fortier and Yves Trudeau. Borduas abandoned his art career at an early age to teach at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In 1967, he executed a sculpture for La Ronde at Expo 67. His works are included in a number of Quebec museum collections.

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Category
Sculpture
Acquisition mode
Donation
Materials
painted steel
Overall size
150 x 150 x 52 cm
Technique(s)
cut, welded
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Location
Location
Location
Botanical Garden
Localization
Flowery Brook and Lilacs
Adress
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal, Québec, H1X 2B2
Accessibility
Accessible with admission for the Botanical Garden ($)
Tours
Tour
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Botanical Garden
  • 12 Artworks
  • 1h30min
  • Botanical Garden entrance
  • Pie IX metro station

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Artwork description

Situated in the Botanical Garden, the painted-steel sculpture was designed after an illustration by Vittorio. The artwork portrays a standing bird, its right leg bent, its neck and head pointing forward, and its tail raised. Thin, curved steel feathers adorn the bird’s tail. Highly textured and roughly made, the bird’s body shows the traces of the welding seams created by the assembly of many sheets of steel. The bird’s simplified U-shaped body and geometric, angular shapes give it a humorous, even caricatured, appearance. Although its head is small, its round eyes, sharp beak, and massive feet give it a balanced silhouette.