Sunday, April 11, 2021

A Contrast Of Subjects

 Coming back from the courtyard and chapel and back into the first of the gallery spaces, this view blends together various influences: First Nations attire, European inspired art, and religious items.

This coat dates to circa 1844, and is by an artist of the Mississauga tribe.

It faces an altarpiece done circa 1832-37 by the Quebecois artist Francois Fournier. This is The Baptism Of Christ.

One of the side rooms off this gallery space includes one of my favourite portraits in the collection, by another Quebecois artist. Henriette Massue Le Moine dates to 1854, and is by Theophile Hamel.

Hamel painted Jean-Louis Beaudry around 1855. A businessman who would also be a mayor of Montreal and a member of the provincial assembly, Beaudry is portrayed in the prime of life.

And another Hamel portrait: Etienne Parent, dating to 1848. 

The Gallery has several works by the artist Cornelius Krieghoff, who favoured landscapes in his work. This is one I've shown you before. White Horse Inn By Moonlight dates to 1851.

And this is The Chaudiere, dating to 1858. It depicts the Chaudiere Falls upstream on the Ottawa River from here, as they appeared in his time. I have to get over to those falls sometime. Tomorrow we'll pick up with more of Krieghoff.


  1. A wide variety of exhibits, but I think I like that First Nations coat as well as any. The three portraits you show are also powerful pieces of art.

  2. Hello,

    The last two paintings are beautiful. I like the falls. Take care, have a happy day and a great new week!

  3. The coat is my fav (woman, eh?)...

  4. ...and the two eventually blended together.

  5. I agree with previous commenters, the coat really caught my eye.

  6. @John: thanks!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Iris: it stands out.

    @David: it would be quite something.

    @Tom: eventually.

    @Shammickite: it belongs there.

  7. Loved the regality of the coat. The altarpiece and all portraits are beautiful works of art.

  8. These artist left an excellent picture of what it was like in Canada before cameras.

  9. I love that coat! It would look great on someone today.

  10. White Horse in by moonlight, says it all doesn't it. A most stunning coat and I'm sure it kept a person very warm! Nice collection of art, thanks for sharing it.

  11. My favorite is the White Horse Inn By Moonlight.

  12. It been ages since I seen any type of Musuems. But hopeful soon I will get a chance to see an exhibt.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

  13. That coat is absolutely beautiful.

  14. I would gladly wear that coat today!

  15. Two coats on display. Perhaps a picture of the second at another time?

  16. Very nice! I especially like Henriette Massue Le Moine.

  17. i enjoy both posts, i did read both. i love looking at our outfits over time to see the changes. very cool. happy week for ya. take care. ( ;

  18. The Hamel portraits are lovely as is that landscape. This looks like a great part of the gallery.

  19. That coat looks amazing ...

    All the best Jan

  20. I can't go to an art gallery in person... This is a great virtual tour. : )

  21. @Magiceye: I think so.

    @Jan: me too.

    @Red: they did.

    @Sharon: indeed.

    @Karen: it's an evocative painting.

    @Bill: I love that one.

  22. @Marleen: definitely.

    @Dora: I need to return to this one.

    @Revrunner: that it is.

    @Gemel: I agree.

    @Marie: me too.

    @RedPat: it's popular!

    @Joanne: hopefully.

  23. @Cloudia: I love it.

    @Linda: me too.

    @Beth: thanks.

    @Jeanie: it is.

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Catarina: hopefully soon, if not already.

    @Eve: it certainly is.