Lot # 040
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Jack Hamilton Bush
ARCA CGP CSGA CSPWC OSA P11 1909 - 1977 Canadian

Cry Cry
watercolour and ink on paper
signed and dated 1959
21 3/4 x 29 7/8 in  55.2 x 75.9cm

Estate of the Artist
Private Collection, Toronto

Karen Wilkin, Jack Bush, 1984, page 30

“In Toronto in 1957 anyone who believed that Clement Greenberg had anything of value to say was beleaguered; but the maverick streak that had led Bush to embrace the Painters Eleven idea now set him in pursuit of a simpler, clearer way of painting, in spite of what Toronto critics, claques and comrades had to say about it.” In his superb contribution to the 1984 Jack Bush monograph, art critic Barrie Hale thus contextualizes the period in which Cry Cry was created. Much has been made of the influence of Greenberg, but perhaps the most significant reaction Bush received from him in their first meeting was the New Yorker’s positive and encouraging response to a series of watercolours that Bush had put aside in his studio, later stating, “They were so simple… that they scared me.” In Cry Cry Bush has painted a compelling and moving image with, indeed, the simplest of devices – a cherry-red cloud nestling in an emerald-green sea, both shapes suspended in a silvery mist, suddenly disrupted by a burst of black noise.
This work will be included in Sarah Stanners's forthcoming Jack Bush Paintings: A Catalogue Raisonné.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $20,000 CAD  
Sold for: $15,340 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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