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MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE

MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE
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MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE
MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE
MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE
MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE
MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE
MARC AURELE DE FOY SUZOR-COTE BRONZE

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Major bronze sculpture "Le Pionnier / Surveyor", with incised signature, dated 1925 and inscriptions "Roman Bronze Works N.Y." and "Copyright Canada & United States"; affixed to a polished black marble base, height of the bronze 52.1cm (20 1/2in); overall height including base 57.8cm (22 3/4in); Provenance: Waddingtons, Toronto, with an original estimate of $8000 - $12000; present Toronto collection; Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, French Canadian painter and sculptor, 1869-1937

The Historical Monuments Commission of Quebec hired Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté in 1923 to create a statue of the French-Canadian explorer, Louis Jolliet, to place on the facade of the Parliament Building in Quebec City; Suzor-Coté developed three preliminary sculptures of Jolliet, including L'Hydrographe, which depicts the explorer recording his findings with a quill; Le Pionnier, showing him surveying his surroundings with a telescope; and Le Coureur de Bois, which presents Jolliet with a walking stick and provisions in hand