Lot Sale Results

Jean Albert McEwen
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 073

Jean Albert McEwen
AANFM RCA 1923 - 1999 Canadian

Corps corps fleur de rose
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1968 and on verso signed, titled and dated November 1968
30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in  76.5 x 76.5cm

Provenance:
Galerie Agns Lefort, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Literature:
Constance Naubert-Riser, Jean McEwen: Colour in Depth, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1987, a similar work entitled Corps corps fleur de violet, in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, reproduced page 96

By 1969 multiple solo and group exhibitions, both Canadian and international, had firmly established Jean McEwen's status as a significant member of Canada's art scene. That same year, he was named a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and he exhibited his series Corps corps at Galerie Godard Lefort in Montreal. Corps corps fleur de rose is a compelling example from this important period in McEwen's career. His brief foray into hard-edge abstraction can be seen at the edges of the canvas, where beige stripes create boundaries to the rose and taupe centre. The dappled surface of this centre reminds us of the many layers of pigment contained within its soft, cloud-like forms, which in their movement create a sense of dimensionality. In deliberate contrast, the flatness of the margins, which pull to the front of the picture plane, underscores the inherent two-dimensionality of the painting. A similar canvas from the same series entitled Corps corps fleur de violet is in the collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Estimate: $12,000 ~ $16,000 CAD

Sold For: $26,550.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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