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Miroslav Frederik Maler

Études pour la figure, Saint-Laurent

1992
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is presented in a green space bordering Lake Saint-Louis. It is a monolithic sculpture portraying the body of a man emerging from a block of stone. On the lower part of the piece, a fish brushes against the man’s leg; a large feather is carved on the opposite face. The sculpture is made of stone incrusted with metallic pigments, and some parts are left smooth, not carved.

Études pour la figure, Saint-Laurent combines geometry and the human form in a single rocky mass that exudes the same rigidity and static quality as statues created by early ancient Greek artists. The dynamism of the artwork comes from the variety of textures on its surface and the different approaches used to carve the stone. These superimposed blocks present a complex organization of flat and polished surfaces, right angles, and sections sculpted in full-found and bas-relief. The artwork has a narrative dimension; it evokes the impressive force of almost-wild countryside discovered by the men who landed in the New World. The fish near the man’s leg refers to the river, the vital axis for penetration into the rich territories unknown to the people who explored them.
Associated events
The artwork Études pour la figure, Saint-Laurent was first displayed at the first Salon international de la sculpture extérieure, an event organized by the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal in 1992 for the 350th anniversary of the foundation of Montréal. With the theme “Aux quatre vents” (To the Four Winds), this exhibition of monumental and environmental sculptures brought together 12 artworks, created specially for the occasion, on the promenade of the Old Port of Montréal. At the end of the event, Maler’s artwork was installed at its permanent site, in Lachine.
Miroslav Frederik Maler
After studying at the High School of Applied Arts in Czechoslovakia, Miroslav Maler furthered his education in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and then specialized in sculpture at Columbia University in New York. He has participated in numerous international sculpture events, including the Lemberk International Sculpture Symposium in Czechoslovakia in 1990 and the 2nd International Sculpture Symposium in Mure, Japan, in 1991. His artworks are in public collections in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Awards and honours
  • Ontario Art Concil Grant, 1978
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is presented in a green space bordering Lake Saint-Louis. It is a monolithic sculpture portraying the body of a man emerging from a block of stone. On the lower part of the piece, a fish brushes against the man’s leg; a large feather is carved on the opposite face. The sculpture is made of stone incrusted with metallic pigments, and some parts are left smooth, not carved.

Études pour la figure, Saint-Laurent combines geometry and the human form in a single rocky mass that exudes the same rigidity and static quality as statues created by early ancient Greek artists. The dynamism of the artwork comes from the variety of textures on its surface and the different approaches used to carve the stone. These superimposed blocks present a complex organization of flat and polished surfaces, right angles, and sections sculpted in full-found and bas-relief. The artwork has a narrative dimension; it evokes the impressive force of almost-wild countryside discovered by the men who landed in the New World. The fish near the man’s leg refers to the river, the vital axis for penetration into the rich territories unknown to the people who explored them.
Associated events
The artwork Études pour la figure, Saint-Laurent was first displayed at the first Salon international de la sculpture extérieure, an event organized by the Centre des arts contemporains du Québec à Montréal in 1992 for the 350th anniversary of the foundation of Montréal. With the theme “Aux quatre vents” (To the Four Winds), this exhibition of monumental and environmental sculptures brought together 12 artworks, created specially for the occasion, on the promenade of the Old Port of Montréal. At the end of the event, Maler’s artwork was installed at its permanent site, in Lachine.
Miroslav Frederik Maler
After studying at the High School of Applied Arts in Czechoslovakia, Miroslav Maler furthered his education in visual arts at the Université du Québec à Montréal, and then specialized in sculpture at Columbia University in New York. He has participated in numerous international sculpture events, including the Lemberk International Sculpture Symposium in Czechoslovakia in 1990 and the 2nd International Sculpture Symposium in Mure, Japan, in 1991. His artworks are in public collections in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Awards and honours
  • Ontario Art Concil Grant, 1978
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1992
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Carved; engraved; glued; painted
Materials
Stone; metallic pigments
General dimensions
310 x 95 x 95 cm
Études pour la figure, Saint-Laurent
Borough
Lachine
Park
Boulevard Saint-Joseph