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Roger Langevin

Debout

1990
Presentation of the artwork
The larger-than-life bronze statue is presented in Parc La Fontaine, bordering a square encircled by 30 bronze plaques each of which is inscribed with a word of a quotation from one of Félix Leclerc’s poems: “Nous sommes des Québécois issus de la vieille France, maîtres chez nous et loin des rois après trois siècles de patience, nous sommes québécois depuis et pour des siècles ...” (We are Québécois who come from old France, masters of our land, and far from kings after three centuries of patience, we have been Québécois since then and for centuries ...)

The poet is portrayed standing, his right hand on his hip and his left hand holding a jacket thrown over his shoulder. The texture of his trousers evokes the bark of a tree, but his upper body dominates the composition.

“The figure is sculptural. He has the physical and mental statute of a Moses. He represents the Father.” – Roger Langevin
Associated events
The artwork pays tribute to Félix Leclerc (1914–88). A writer, composer, and performer, Leclerc is considered the father of the Québec song. Moi mes souliers, Le p’tit bonheur, and L’hymne au printemps, to name just three, celebrate childhood imagination, nature, the country, love, and the world of ordinary people who still remember their pioneer past. He received numerous awards in France and Canada for his contribution to song and literature.
Roger Langevin
Roger Langevin studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, then earned a degree in visual arts education at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He was a professor of visual arts from 1963 to 1975. He created a number of monumental sculptures, including, in 1981, Monument aux travailleurs, a permanent artwork for the front of the head office of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux, on Avenue De Lorimier in Montréal. One of his bronze sculptures, Nos traces en héritage (1989), is installed at the Centre de la nature de Laval.
Awards and honours
  • Prix des Arts et la Ville pour la sculpture Les pêcheurs (Îles-de-la-Madeleine), 2006
  • Récipiendaire de la Distinction Alcide Horth de l’UQAR, 2004
  • Reçu au Cercle d’Excellence de l’Université du Québec, 2001
  • Deuxième prix au Concours national canadien de Sculpture-emblème, Jeux de la francophonie (Sénégal), 1999
  • Finaliste au concours du MEQ pour le Prix de la Ministre, 1988
Presentation of the artwork
The larger-than-life bronze statue is presented in Parc La Fontaine, bordering a square encircled by 30 bronze plaques each of which is inscribed with a word of a quotation from one of Félix Leclerc’s poems: “Nous sommes des Québécois issus de la vieille France, maîtres chez nous et loin des rois après trois siècles de patience, nous sommes québécois depuis et pour des siècles ...” (We are Québécois who come from old France, masters of our land, and far from kings after three centuries of patience, we have been Québécois since then and for centuries ...)

The poet is portrayed standing, his right hand on his hip and his left hand holding a jacket thrown over his shoulder. The texture of his trousers evokes the bark of a tree, but his upper body dominates the composition.

“The figure is sculptural. He has the physical and mental statute of a Moses. He represents the Father.” – Roger Langevin
Associated events
The artwork pays tribute to Félix Leclerc (1914–88). A writer, composer, and performer, Leclerc is considered the father of the Québec song. Moi mes souliers, Le p’tit bonheur, and L’hymne au printemps, to name just three, celebrate childhood imagination, nature, the country, love, and the world of ordinary people who still remember their pioneer past. He received numerous awards in France and Canada for his contribution to song and literature.
Roger Langevin
Roger Langevin studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, then earned a degree in visual arts education at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He was a professor of visual arts from 1963 to 1975. He created a number of monumental sculptures, including, in 1981, Monument aux travailleurs, a permanent artwork for the front of the head office of the Confédération des syndicats nationaux, on Avenue De Lorimier in Montréal. One of his bronze sculptures, Nos traces en héritage (1989), is installed at the Centre de la nature de Laval.
Awards and honours
  • Prix des Arts et la Ville pour la sculpture Les pêcheurs (Îles-de-la-Madeleine), 2006
  • Récipiendaire de la Distinction Alcide Horth de l’UQAR, 2004
  • Reçu au Cercle d’Excellence de l’Université du Québec, 2001
  • Deuxième prix au Concours national canadien de Sculpture-emblème, Jeux de la francophonie (Sénégal), 1999
  • Finaliste au concours du MEQ pour le Prix de la Ministre, 1988
Detail
Variation of title
Debout (Monument à Félix Leclerc)
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1990
Mode of acquisition:
Donation by public subscription
Accession date
November 2 1990
Technique(s)
23 sections of bronze cast by coating and welded together.
Materials
Bronze
General dimensions
350 cm x 170 cm x 149.5 cm
Manufacturer
  • Fonderie d'art d'Inverness Inc.
Debout
Borough
Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Park
Parc La Fontaine