Pun, Nicole - Joseph Légaré

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Introduction

A native to Quebec, Joseph Légaré painted over 250 paintings,(The Canadian Encyclopedia), many of which were of historical events. Not only was Légaré a painter but he was "also a politician and a Nationalist" (Jepson et al. 2004, 181). Légaré's interest and concern with his community as well as his involvement with politics would have heavily influenced his decision to paint pictures of historical moments, documenting events that may have never been documented visually otherwise. Légaré's paintings, Cholera Plague, Quebec (1827-1837), The Burning of the Parliament Building in Montreal (1849), The Martyrdom of Fathers Brébeuf and Lalemant (1838-1848) and The Battle of Sainte-Foy (1850-1855), are all paintings depicting important historical events.