Lot Sale Results

Alfred Pellan
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 040

Alfred Pellan
CAS OC PY QMG RCA 1906 - 1988 Canadian

Figurative Abstraction
mixed media on paper
signed and dated 1942 and on verso signed, dated September 1942 and inscribed "Montreal" / "essaie pour murarale [sic]" / "d'après un surréaliste" / "3914 Jeanne Mance"
9 1/8 x 13 in  23.2 x 33cm

Provenance:
Galerie L'Harmattan Inc., Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec
Private Collection, Toronto

This rare work dated 1942 is a fine example of the still lifes inspired by Cubism and Surrealism made by prominent Canadian painter Alfred Pellan in the 1930s and early 1940s. Figurative Abstraction, a seemingly contradictory title, affirms the artist's iconoclastic approach to painting, one that combined elements of originality and tradition. Pellan overtly condemned academicism and rejected its dogmas. Preoccupied with preserving his own artistic individuality, he rejected the constraints imposed by a strict obedience to contemporary schools or movements. While undoubtedly modern, he never embraced the radical idea of tabula rasa and always conceived his artistic production in line with a larger pictorial tradition. His artistic ideal was the refusal of all limitations.
A number of similar still lifes were included in an important exhibition held at the Musée de la Province de Québec and the Montreal Art Association in 1940. These works challenged the conservative taste of numerous visitors, but were well received by informed commentators and artists, who found in them a much welcomed input of modern ideas into the local artistic scene.

Estimate: $10,000 ~ $15,000 CAD

Sold For: $21,240.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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