Abigail Towne

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Artist

Antoine Sebastian Plamondon ( Canadian, 1804 - 1895 )

DATE:
1840
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After apprenticing with Joseph Legare, a Canadian history painter, Antoine Sébastian Plamondon was sent to Paris where he studied with a pupil of Jacques-Louis David. Returning to Canada, Plamondon quickly became the preeminent painter in Quebec, a position he jealously guarded throughout his long career. Abigail Towne combines the exactness of Plamondon's French training with the rigid pose and meticulous attention to details of costume that most of Plamondon's English Canadian sitters preferred. Like many artists in the United States and Canada, Plamondon was forced to change his style in order to appeal to different clients, and his success in socially divided Quebec was due to his artistic adaptability.

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