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“The English and the French Poodle Pug”

Montreal Sculpture of Man with the Dog

A pair of 7′ high bronze sculptures called The English Pug and the French Poodle have recently ben installed at the Place d’Armes in Montréal, Québec. The sculptures were created by Montreal artist Marc-André J. Fortier and were erected in 2013.

The French Poodle depicts a tall, slender well-dressed woman dressed wearing a suit and high heel shoes. She is wearing an eye and nose mask while carrying a French Poodle in her arms. The French Poodle and Pug are looking at each other across the plaza while the owners are looking in opposite directions.

A plaque at the base of the statue is inscribed:

“Le caniche français
et le carlin anglais”
ou/or
“The English Pug and
the French Poodle

Artiste: Marc A. J. Fortier
Fonderie: Atelier du Bronze

3 responses

  1. I’ve seen a few pictures of the male figure, and it resembles the actor Rene Auberjonois to me but I still have yet to find out why they are positioned to look in the directions they do.

    July 31, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    • That is what I found online by the time of writing description to the picture. It is found here:
      http://365project.org/lynnb/365-2014/2014-02-16

      The English Pug and the French Poodle
      These bronze statues were seen in the square across from the Notre Dame Basilica (Place D’Armes). They made me laugh. Apparently they are quite new, less than a year old.
      By the title it is a play on the French/English dichotomy or dispute that goes on in Quebec. What I find interesting is that the Pug and the Poodle are trying to reach each other, while the owners are steadfastly looking away in an attitude of not wanting anything to do with each other. I am not sure how to interpret the ‘clown’ nose, other than the people are being foolish in their attitude.

      August 4, 2015 at 8:10 am

      • I think you’re interpretation is correct.

        August 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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