Lot # 002
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Jean Paul Lemieux
CC QMG RCA 1904 - 1990 Canadian

Le soldat
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1982
16 x 20 in  40.6 x 50.8cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Montreal

Literature:
Marie Carani, Jean Paul Lemieux, Musée du Québec, 1992, titled as Untitled (Soldat), listed page 272 and reproduced page 229

Exhibited:
Musée du Québec, Jean Paul Lemieux, June 3 - November 1, 1992, traveling to The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, June 17 - October 31, 1993, catalogue #103

In Le soldat, Jean Paul Lemieux's use of the image of a soldier is an indication of his occupation at the time with the state of the modern world, as well as his uncertainties regarding it. Yet his depiction of a metal combat hat, which resembles the M1, commonly used during World War II, references his awareness of unrest and conflict throughout time. In his 1982 - 1983 canvas Dies Irae, he portrayed a line of soldiers with the same helmets facing a crowd of demonstrators. In Le soldat, the single soldier's form is massive, his enormity dominating the image as if he were a mountain. His lack of features renders him anonymous, making him a symbol of all soldiers throughout time. He is the impassive witness of what is before him - the nature of which is uncertain. Is it the fiery orb of the sun or an explosive conflagration? Lemieux's concerns of the time would seem to indicate the latter. Powerful and elemental, Le soldat expresses a dangerous ambiguity.

Estimate: $12,000 ~ $16,000 CAD  
Sold for: $14,160 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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