Lot Sale Results

Jean Albert McEwen
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 032

Jean Albert McEwen
AANFM RCA 1923 - 1999 Canadian

Sans titre
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1969 and on verso signed
30 x 30 in  76.2 x 76.2cm

Private Collection, Montreal

Constance Naubert-Riser, Jean McEwen: Colour in Depth, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1987, page 19, a similar work entitled Je hais le mouvement qui déplace les lignes, in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, reproduced page 94

Between 1965 and 1969, Jean McEwen moved away from his all-over painting style and his use of oil paints, and began experimenting with acrylic paint and hard-edge abstraction, which was prevalent at the time in both New York and Montreal. Many canvases from this period, including Sans titre, took on a format in which a centrally placed vertical band of solid colour is bordered by two panels of contrasting pigments. By using this format, McEwen was able to explore the possibilities of hard-edge style, while also maintaining his affinity for gesture. Colour, too, was of the utmost importance to McEwen. As Constance Naubert-Riser explains, "McEwen has devoted his entire creative output to exploring the power of colour while providing it with a structure, all with the aim of revealing the qualities of depth inherent to it." The juxtaposition of Sans titre's intense violet centre, solid and straight as a rail, against the swirling, creamy lilacs and inky blacks dancing alongside it demonstrates his command of colour brilliantly.

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

Sold For: $14,160.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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