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Yvette Bisson

COSMOTOME NO 7, OH HOMME!

2014
Presentation of the artwork
The work is presented in the rose garden behind the building that hosted Restaurant Hélène-de-Champlain until 2009. It is a concrete sculpture that portrays the simplified silhouette of a man. The body is formed of three parts: the head, the torso, and a base evoking the legs. The repeated forms of the head and body create an impression of both volume and movement. For the artist, these three planes or forms evoke three bodies: the biological body, the emotional body, and the intellectual body.

In 2007, noting the deteriorated state of the artwork, the City of Montreal undertook, with the artist’s permission, to produce a replica of the original. The new version of the sculpture was installed on the site on July 31, 2014.

Oh Homme! was initially part of a dual sculpture titled Oh Homme! Oh Femme!

Associated events
The original work Oh Homme! was first presented in the Montreal Botanical Gardens in 1964, and then with the work Oh Femme!, its female counterpart, three years later at Confrontation 67. It was then lent to Man and His World in 1968. In 1971, it was moved to the rose garden of Restaurant Hélène-de-Champlain, where it remained until 2007.
Yvette Bisson
Born in Montreal in 1926, Yvette Bisson studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and the School of Art and design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. From 1963 to 1970, she taught perception and stone sculpture at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal; from 1968 to 1970, she taught spatial organization at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. She is a founding member of the Association des sculpteurs du Québec, and was secretary of the association from 1962 to 1964 and from 1968 to 1969. Her works are in a number of public and private collections.
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Presentation of the artwork
The work is presented in the rose garden behind the building that hosted Restaurant Hélène-de-Champlain until 2009. It is a concrete sculpture that portrays the simplified silhouette of a man. The body is formed of three parts: the head, the torso, and a base evoking the legs. The repeated forms of the head and body create an impression of both volume and movement. For the artist, these three planes or forms evoke three bodies: the biological body, the emotional body, and the intellectual body.

In 2007, noting the deteriorated state of the artwork, the City of Montreal undertook, with the artist’s permission, to produce a replica of the original. The new version of the sculpture was installed on the site on July 31, 2014.

Oh Homme! was initially part of a dual sculpture titled Oh Homme! Oh Femme!

Associated events
The original work Oh Homme! was first presented in the Montreal Botanical Gardens in 1964, and then with the work Oh Femme!, its female counterpart, three years later at Confrontation 67. It was then lent to Man and His World in 1968. In 1971, it was moved to the rose garden of Restaurant Hélène-de-Champlain, where it remained until 2007.
Yvette Bisson
Born in Montreal in 1926, Yvette Bisson studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and the School of Art and design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. From 1963 to 1970, she taught perception and stone sculpture at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal; from 1968 to 1970, she taught spatial organization at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal. She is a founding member of the Association des sculpteurs du Québec, and was secretary of the association from 1962 to 1964 and from 1968 to 1969. Her works are in a number of public and private collections.
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Detail
Variation of title
Oh Homme!
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2014
Mode of acquisition:
Commission from the artist
Technique(s)
Casting, assemblage
Materials
Ultra-high-performance Ductal fibre-reinforced concrete; galvanized steel
General dimensions
246x71x46
COSMOTOME NO 7, OH HOMME!
Borough
Ville-Marie
Park
Parc Jean-Drapeau, Île Sainte-Hélène