Born in Quebec City, Canada, he studied sculpture in Italy and stained glass arts in France. He was professor and director of the school of Fine Arts of Quebec. He is credited for his contribution to the renewal of stained glass and sculpture in Quebec.
His stained glass windows with fluid lines and minimalist patterns stand out from traditional stained glass and they bring a welcome diversification of the usual conservatism of religious art. Plamondon gave the priority to the glass in his works. He used only transparent and colored glass that he bought himself in Europe every summer. On a sunny day, the show of his windows takes place simultaneously on the gray stone floor of the Oratory St-Joseph. The Oratory's windows depict scenes from the history of Quebec.
Another remarkable achievement is in the Home of the Jesuits of Saint-Jerome. Plamondon has crafted 10 windows with the theme "The liturgy of the Easter Season". Six of those windows, of large size and covering one wall of the chapel, show a continuous pattern where warm colours express some sentiments of joy. Built in 1959, the huge six-story complex with 192 rooms, 4 chapels, a gymnasium and an auditorium is now closed.
Marius Plamondon was active until his death in 1976. A street bears his name in Quebec City. His wife, Muriel Hall, was a soprano who led a successful career in radio (CBC) and concerts during the years 1930 to 1950. She did a noticeable tour in Paris in 1948 where she produced a record of French-canadian songs at the Phonothèque de la Sorbonne.
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Below are a few sites located in Quebec where one can find stained glass windows made by Marius Plamondon. One of his sculptures, St. Francis of Assisi Preaching to the Birds, is visible on the front of the Centre Antonien, on Franciscans Street in Quebec City.
- The basilica of the Oratory St-Joseph, Montreal
- The novitiate of Clercs de Saint-Viateur, Joliette
- The Home of the Jesuits, Saint-Jerome
- The church St-Charles Garnier, Quebec
- The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal
- The church of Très-Saint-Sacrement, Quebec
- The chapel of Jesuites, Quebec
Artworks of Marius Plamondon are protected by copyright. The photographs are shown with the kind permission of his family.
Other stained glass producers in the early twentieth century helped to build the inventory of stained glass in Quebec. The company Castle & Sons in Montreal has produced stained glass from the end of 1800s. The company Hobbs from Ontario has produced several windows sold by catalog for homes as well as for churches. Another company, Daprato Rigali Studios from Chicago was founded in Italy in 1860. It was a leading supplier of religious statues, decoration and churches furniture. It is still in operation today.