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Artist Rummel, Jay
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation American
Title The Joys of Quebec (Metis Fiddler)
Type of Object Sculpture
Date 1980
Medium stoneware (Glacial Lake Missoula clay), glaze
Dimensions D-5.9 Dia-53.8 cm
Collection Missoula County Art Collection, managed by the Missoula Art Museum
How acquired Gift, Linda Wachtmeister, 1991
Object ID 1991.04
Statement about this object "The Joys of Quebec" is the name of a traditional French-Canadian reel or polka composed by Fortunat Malouin (1870-1935) of Saint-Sauveur, Qu├ębec.

According to Dennis Kern, who curated the "Jay Rummel: A Montana Original" at the Missoula Art Museum in 1998, "A master of metaphor, Rummel created a graphic narrative of compelling stories, vivid personnae and wit. He parodied western American myths, and incorporated his sure understanding of folk music, folk art forms and folk heroes. In the same way that abstract expressionists were influenced by jazz, [Jay] wrote, 'I feel a direct relationship between folk/country music and the narrative direction of my visual art.'"
Classification Ceramics
Subjects Native Americans
Music
Animals
Symbols