Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Côté

Canadian, 1869–1937

Femmes de Caughnawaga, 1924


43.1 x 32.1 x 57.6 cm

Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery; Gift of F.N. Southam to the Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art Collection



Sculpture, Canadian Modern (1910-1979)

Trained originally as a church decorator, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté travelled to France in the 1890s and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris as well as at several alternative ateliers in the city. In 1907 Suzor-Coté returned to Canada and began to direct his attention to representing the people and landscape of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Already an accomplished painter, revered for the way he infused light into his images, Suzor-Coté turned with more focus to bronze sculpture around the time of his return to Canada. In his Femmes de Caughnawaga, the artist depicts a group of women from his native village of Arthabaska, Quebec, as a dynamic and continuous flow of billowing masses and volumes. The impressionistic quality of motion and form captured in this work demonstrates Suzor-Coté’s abrupt departure from his academic roots.

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