Lot # 004
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Pierre Gendron
AANFM 1934 - Canadian

Les dragons
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1959 and on verso titled and inscribed "#3"
34 1/2 x 45 3/4 in  87.6 x 116.2cm

Private Collection, Toronto

Born in 1934, Pierre Gendron studied at the École des beaux-arts under Jacques de Tonnancour and Albert Dumouchel. Painted in 1959, this canvas is an outstanding example of the type of work that landed the young artist exhibitions at Montreal's Galerie Agnès Lefort in the same year, and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, in 1960. Les dragons is a powerful, energetic painting with forms almost exploding out of the canvas. Crimson pigments contrasted with white and black are a signature of Gendron's early work, and here he has enriched the effect by layering ivory and yellow into the whites, and blue and green into the blacks. Energy pulsates from the centre of the canvas, with blocks of colour radiating out towards the viewer; yet overall, the image remains evenly balanced between light and dark tones. Gendron is a member of the Non-Figurative Artists' Association of Montreal, and he has exhibited with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and the Canadian Group of Painters.

Estimate: $5,000 ~ $7,000 CAD  
Sold for: $10,030 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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