Joseph-Émile Brunet

Joseph-Émile Brunet (1893–1977) was a Canadian sculptor based in Quebec. His output includes more than 200 monuments in bronze. Many of his sculptures depict national figures and events in Canada. He was born in Huntingdon, Quebec in 1899. He was educated at archbishop school, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the national superior École des Beaux-Arts of Paris.

Joseph-Émile Brunet
Educationarchbishop school, the Art Institute in Chicago, and the national superior Beaux Arts School of Paris.
Known forsculptor
Movementart deco


Joseph-Émile Brunet sculpted the bas reliefs and ornamental façade of the Gérard-Morisset building, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in Quebec City which depict historical scenes and events in Canadian History:[1] "Fishing", "Fur Trading", "Maple Sugar Making", "Farming", "Logging", "Missionaries", "Landing Immigrates", "Buffalo Hunt"," Jacques Cartier"," Death of Wolfe"," Death of Montcalm","William Dollard", "Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye" and "The First Settlers".

He was granted commissions for granite sculptures of key figures in the province of Quebec's history at the Parliament Building (Quebec): "François de Laval", "Marguerite Bourgeoys", "Jean-Jacques Olier" and "Marie de l’Incarnation" completing the façade by 1965. He was also granted commission for two large bronze doors depicting animals native to Canada: "The Young Bear" and Cubs," "Canadian Moose", "Otters", "Elk with wolves", "Polar bear", "Beavers", American Bison", "Deer" and a "Great white Whale".

He sculpted a bronze War Memorial at Longueuil, Quebec (1924) in front of the city hall just across the river from Montreal.

He sculpted a statue of Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Vérendrye in Saint Boniface, Manitoba.

He sculpted the Canadian Pavilion for the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in Paris which included a 28 foot (8.5 m) sculpture of a bison (1937) and panels on the outside of the structure. Paintings and a show inside the Canadian pavilion depicted aspects of Canadian culture. Mr. Joseph-Émile Brunet designed twenty-four capitals (1948) for the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, which depict 52 religious subjects reflecting the life of Jesus. Joseph-Émile Brunet sculpted 14 "Stations of the Cross" lining the walls of the Cathedral. Stone statues of Saint Anne and Saints at the entrance of the Cathedral. Joseph-Émile Brunet created the fountain in front of the Basilica and the stone 7 feet 6 inches (229 cm) high sculptures in niches as you enter the basilica, "Marie de L’Incarnation", "Saint Joseph", "The Virgin with Jesus", "François de Laval", and "St. Joachim". Joseph-Émile Brunet also sculpted Kateri Tekakwitha in bronze, 6 feet 4 inches (193 cm) high.[2]

He sculpted a bust of Adélard Godbout which was installed in Montreal, Quebec.


  1. Champagne, Michel. "Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec".
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 February 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Joseph-Émile Brunet
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