Armand LaMontagne (born 1939) is an American sculptor of celebrated personalities.
LaMontagne is a graduate of Worcester Academy and Boston College. He is a self-taught artist who has honed his skills through practicing his profession.
Body of work
He is best recognized for his life-size wood and bronze sculptures. His significant sculptures of important personalities are sited at The Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York; the New England Sports Museum, Boston, Massachusetts; the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky; and the Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Massachusetts
LaMontagne's talents were brought to the national spotlight in the 1970s when he deliberately made a reproduction of a 17th-century turned oak Brewster Chair (an iconic Pilgrim chair) to embarrass the "experts". LaMontagne even soaked the chair in salt water to simulate aging. LaMontagne then gave the chair away. Eventually, the Henry Ford Museum purchased the "fake" from a dealer for $9,000. The museum was later notified of their error, when LaMontagne published an admission in the Providence Journal.
LaMontagne handbuilt a large crucifix of Jesus which is located on the back-wall of the sanctuary of Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Scituate, Rhode Island.
LaMontagne has also handbuilt a replica 17th-century Rhode Island house called a stone-ender in Scituate, Rhode Island.