|Nationality or Tribal Affiliation||American|
|Title||The Joys of Quebec (Metis Fiddler)|
|Type of Object||Sculpture|
|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|
|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, Québec.
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.'"