Lot Sale Results

Jean-Philippe Dallaire
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 039

Jean-Philippe Dallaire
QMG 1916 - 1965 Canadian

Portrait de femme
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1962 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "Vence AM"
28 3/4 x 23 1/2 in  73 x 59.7cm

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Jean Dallaire, Musée d'art contemporain and Musée du Québec, 1979, a similar work entitled L'institutrice, in the collection of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, listed catalogue #17, reproduced, unpaginated
Guy Robert, Dallaire ou l'oeil panique, 1980, listed page 251, reproduced page 141

Jean-Philippe Dallaire had a diverse education and career, which is perhaps why his art is so unique and difficult to categorize. He studied at the Central Technical School in Toronto, the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, and the Ateliers d'art sacré and Académie André Lhote in Paris, among others. Professionally, he worked as a mural painter, draughtsman, film-strip illustrator, teacher and tapestry designer.
Portrait de femme is a delightful example from Dallaire's final years, when he was living in Vence, France. His portraits from this period are often characterized by their flattened planes, fractured Cubist elements and simplified backgrounds. Less Picasso-esque in its influence than L'institutrice, a similar work in the collection of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Portrait de femme depicts an elegant beauty with her elongated neck, teardrop earrings and shapely, organic surroundings. The soft, muted colours enhance her stately presence in the centre of the canvas, which is carefully balanced on each side by vertical contours.

Estimate: $35,000 ~ $55,000 CAD

Sold For: $44,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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