Portraits of children in Québec art 1800-1860

Authors: Nicolai, Eric
Advisor: Porter, John Robert
Abstract: The object of this thesis is the study of a corpus of portraits of children painted in Quebec between 1800 and 1860. After introducing the theme of childhood in European and American painting since the sixteenth century, we go on in the first part to examine the historical and artistic context in which the bourgeois portrait developed in Quebec as well as some of the earliest known portraits of children in Quebec. In the second part, we have undertaken a stylistic and comparative study of the corpus, using as our starting point the compositional arrangements employed by the artists to represent children. This led us to divide the corpus into two main categories : bust-length portraits of the child and group portraits. Comparison with American portraits has permitted us to identify compositional similarities as well as characteristic elements that constitute what is specific to portraits of children in Quebec.
Reproduction Note: Montréal Trigonix inc. 2018
Document Type: Mémoire de maîtrise
Issue Date: 1990
Open Access Date: 7 February 2019
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/33467
Grantor: Université Laval
Collection:Thèses et mémoires

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