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Pierre-Gilles Dubois

Fontaine de vie

1977
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is presented in Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, in Lachine Borough. Four large female figures, sculpted of Norwegian blue anorthosite, are set in the centre of a circular basin. Looking in opposing directions, they symbolize fire, air, water, and earth.

The human figure, especially the female figure, was of the artist’s preferred subjects. Influenced by the archetype theories of Carl G. Jung, Dubois chose throughout his career to produce figurative, yet dreamlike, artworks.
Associated events
The artwork was commissioned by the Ville de Lachine in 1975, specifically for Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. It was inaugurated on 24 June 1977.
Pierre-Gilles Dubois
Pierre-Gilles Dubois was born in Lachine on 4 May 1938. He studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1955–60), and then earned a diploma in psychopedagogy. After teaching education through art at the Université de Montréal, he decided, in the early 1970s, to devote himself exclusively to painting and sculpture. He then had works on display regularly in Québec and France. For the Lachine Borough boardroom, he produced a mural relating the history of Lachine. He died in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1995.
Awards and honours
  • Nommé citoyen d'honneur de la Ville de Lachine, 1977
Presentation of the artwork
The artwork is presented in Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, in Lachine Borough. Four large female figures, sculpted of Norwegian blue anorthosite, are set in the centre of a circular basin. Looking in opposing directions, they symbolize fire, air, water, and earth.

The human figure, especially the female figure, was of the artist’s preferred subjects. Influenced by the archetype theories of Carl G. Jung, Dubois chose throughout his career to produce figurative, yet dreamlike, artworks.
Associated events
The artwork was commissioned by the Ville de Lachine in 1975, specifically for Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville. It was inaugurated on 24 June 1977.
Pierre-Gilles Dubois
Pierre-Gilles Dubois was born in Lachine on 4 May 1938. He studied at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal (1955–60), and then earned a diploma in psychopedagogy. After teaching education through art at the Université de Montréal, he decided, in the early 1970s, to devote himself exclusively to painting and sculpture. He then had works on display regularly in Québec and France. For the Lachine Borough boardroom, he produced a mural relating the history of Lachine. He died in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1995.
Awards and honours
  • Nommé citoyen d'honneur de la Ville de Lachine, 1977
Detail
Variation of title
Les baigneuses
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
1977
Mode of acquisition:
Transfer
Accession date
January 1 2002
Technique(s)
Sculpted
Materials
Anorthosite
General dimensions
370 x 550 cm
Fontaine de vie
Borough
Lachine
Park
Place de l'hôtel de ville
Civic address
1800, boul Saint-Joseph, Lachine, QC H8S 2N4