Lot # 007
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Jean-Philippe Dallaire
QMG 1916 - 1965 Canadian

Le musicien
gouache on card circa 1950
13 5/8 x 8 5/8 in  34.6 x 21.9cm

A gift from the Artist to his sister-in-law
By descent to the present Private Collection, Quebec

Paul Duval, Four Decades: The Canadian Group of Painters and Their Contemporaries, 1930 - 1970, 1972, page 116

Paul Duval writes that a painting by Jean-Philippe Dallaire "is immediately recognizable, yet each one is utterly different from the next. Neither his fruitful imagination nor his self-respect as a craftsman would permit him to repeat a theme for profit.” As is evident when considering Le musicien, Dallaire was influenced by the Cubist approach to form, wherein planes of shape are fractured, broken and rearranged. But, as Duval notes, the artist’s style varied so considerably from one work to the next, even, as we see here, within a single work, that he defies categorization. While our musician is part analytical-Cubist in the spirit of Pablo Picasso, he also resonates with the enigmatic mood felt in the metaphysical works produced by Giorgio de Chirico in the 1910s and 1920s. De Chirico is considered to have been the most important stylistic inspiration for the Surrealists, and it was the Surrealists who most interested Dallaire. Dallaire’s world of the imagination forms a distinctive chapter in Canadian art, one filled with fine draughtsmanship, vivid and varied colour, and whimsical subjects.

Estimate: $10,000 ~ $15,000 CAD  
Sold for: $15,340 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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