La Rosse-qui-dételle, c. 1920
32.7 x 41.8 x 22.4 cm
Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery
At twenty years of age, Alfred Laliberté won first place at the Quebec Provincial Exhibition for a bust of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier who had, two years earlier, urged Laliberté’s father to allow the young artist to study art in Montreal. Pursuing further studies in Paris between 1902 and 1907, Laliberté discovered the sculpture of Auguste Rodin, which greatly affected his own work. He exhibited at the French Salon in Paris, where he befriended Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, a fellow student and native of Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Laliberté’s output ranged from memorial commissions to sculptural tableaus depicting the folk legends and customs of rural Quebec. La Rosse-qui-dételle memorializes the eponymous fraternal social club Laliberté helped form in the 1920s, which included several high-ranking members of Quebec’s judicial and legislative classes.