Fernand Leduc

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Fernand Leduc

1916 - 2014
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A Quebec native, Fernand Leduc was a major figure in Canada’s emerging modern art scene, and he was a contemporary of other important mid-twentieth century Canadian abstract artists, such as Jean Paul Riopelle and Paul-Émile Borduas. From 1938 to 1943 Leduc studied at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal, where he met Borduas.

Leduc had been exhibiting with the Automatist group as early as 1943, and was one of the signatories of the 1948 Refus global manifesto, a historical document that signaled an important cultural shift in Quebec. In 1947, Leduc moved to Paris, and while there organized an Automatist exhibition in that city. He returned to Montreal in 1953. He was a founding member of the Association des artistes non-figuratifs de Montréal, and in 1956 became its president.

During the Automatist period from 1946 to 1952, Leduc’s abstract work was based on gestural writing. By the early 1960s, his work had become hard edge and geometrical. Light and colour became of paramount importance to him, and he strove to simplify his paintings to increase their intensity. His use of bright colour and strong shapes made his paintings dynamic and forceful. Leduc was inspired by Josef Albers, who created light in his paintings through pigment, and Leduc stated that his greatest challenge since 1970 was to manifest a sensation of light and energy in his own work.

Leduc returned to Paris in 1959, but came back to Canada between 1970 and 1974 to teach.

His works have been included in solo and group shows in major institutions such as the Musée du Québec in Quebec City, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal. A major retrospective of his work was held in France at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chartres in 1985. In 1979 he was awarded the Louis-Philippe Hébert Prize and in 1988, the Paul-Émile Borduas Prize.

After living for many years in Paris and Italy, Leduc returned to Montreal in 2006, and died there in 2014.

Heffel 's Top Results
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Bonne entente
39 3/4 x 31 3/4in 101 x 80.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $76,700 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Composition
28 3/4 x 21 1/2in 73 x 54.6cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $38,350 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Rouge mitoyen
39 1/4 x 32in 99.7 x 81.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $30,000 - $50,000 CDN
Sold for:   $37,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2017 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Composition
15 3/4 x 19 7/8in 40 x 50.5cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $15,000 - $20,000 CDN
Sold for:   $29,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2010 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Sans titre
19 7/8 x 24in 50.5 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $16,520 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's June 2015 - 3rd Session auction on Thursday, June 25, 2015
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Sans titre
24 x 19 3/4in 61 x 50.2cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $8,000 - $12,000 CDN
Sold for:   $16,380 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's February 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Thursday, February 27, 2014
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Chromatisme binaire: noir-rouge
13 x 18in 33 x 45.7cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $15,210 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2008 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Chromatisme binaire: violet cobalt
19 3/4 x 24in 50,2 x 61cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $12,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $12,870 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2009 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Fête à la mosquée
24 x 20in 61 x 50.8cm
oil on canvas board

Estimate:  $10,000 - $15,000 CDN
Sold for:   $12,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2017 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Record Fernand Leduc sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Fernand Leduc
Sans titre
7 3/8 x 9 1/2in 18.7 x 24.1cm
1952
gouache on paper

Estimate:  $3,000 - $5,000 CDN
Sold for:   $7,605 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's November 2008 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2008
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