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Jean Paul Lemieux

Jean Paul Lemieux

Jean Paul Lemieux

Jean Paul Lemieux

Jean Paul Lemieux
Fine Canadian Art Fall 2005 Live auction

Lot # 020

Jean Paul Lemieux
CC QMG RCA 1904 - 1990 Canadian

Paysage de Quebec / La Rade de Quebec
oil on canvas circa 1962
signed and on verso titled
7 1/2 x 66 3/4 in  19 x 169.5cm

Guy Robert, Lemieux, 1978, page 180

Jean Paul Lemieux’s legacy is deeply rooted in his ability to transform and traverse the spaces of our lives. The 1960s were marked by intensely original work that expanded the artist’s pictorial limits and perceptual horizons. Paysage de Quebec / La Rade de Quebec is a spectacular painting, remarkable as much for the drama of its elongated shape, as for its eloquence of expression and execution. Its uncompromising horizontality compels a visual and perceptual reading that transcends a given moment to engage the "realm of elsewhere", a favoured theme of Lemieux’s that was often attached to ideas of voyage and journeying and, of course, to human consciousness. Here, the tiny boats nearing the harbour speak of human passage, with the atmospheric, ambient setting acting as a stirring symbol of the melding of time and space.

For Lemieux, the articulation of pictorial space was inextricably linked to his thematic concerns. Thus the expansive stretch of canvas in Paysage de Quebec / La Rade de Quebec speaks to us of continuity, and the enduring constancy of human experience. In its stillness and simplicity the painting elicits a haunting sense of nostalgia that captures our perceptual imagination, and carries us beyond the parameters of the here and the now.

Estimate: $60,000 ~ $80,000 CAD

Sold For: $109,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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