Lot Sale Results

Alfred Pellan
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 070

Alfred Pellan
CAS OC PY QMG RCA 1906 - 1988 Canadian

Les bûcherons
gouache on paper
signed and on verso titled, dated circa 1931 and inscribed "1A" and "B"
9 x 6 in  22.9 x 15.2cm

Private Collection, Montreal

Bright in colour and playful, this gouache is testimony to Alfred Pellan's eclectic and irreverent artistic temperament. Taking inspiration from the Canadian tradition of landscape painting, Les bûcherons is a personal and modern rendering of a winter forest scene. Here, the figurative elements are reduced to their pictorial minimum and are repeated like calligraphic signs over contrasting colour fields. The overall style of this work is akin to folk and naive art, which the artist was especially fond of.
Pellan demonstrated an exceptional talent for painting at a very early age. He entered the École des beaux-arts de Québec in 1916 at the age of 15. Five years later he moved to Paris to pursue his training and career. By the time he came back to Canada in 1940, he had successfully made a name for himself on the Parisian art scene. His work had been included in important exhibitions and his paintings were sold by the highly regarded Parisian dealer Jeanne Bucher, who represented prestigious artists such as Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger, to name but a few.

Estimate: $7,000 ~ $9,000 CAD

Sold For: $8,260.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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