A Newly Discovered Work by François Baillairgé (1759–1830)
The statuary ensemble of Saint-Joseph de Deschambault
Saint-Joseph de Deschambault Church contains a remarkable ensemble of six full-scale sculptures created at the beginning of the 1820s by an artist who significant, is no other than François Baillairgé (1759–1830). At present, a rather important of full-size statue ensembles are known to exist, all concentrated in the region of Quebec City and dating between 1775 and 1825. The six statues from Deschambault Church, however, prove to be the most important known statuary ensembles prior to 1875. In the past, only the art historian, Gérard Morisset, had taken any interest in these works.