Lot Sale Results

Guido Molinari
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 028

Guido Molinari
AANFM LP QMG RCA SAPQ 1933 - 2004 Canadian

Sans titre
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1962
23 x 23 in  58.4 x 58.4cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, New York

Literature:
Pierre Théberge, Guido Molinari, National Gallery of Canada, 1976, pages 31 and 41

"Painting...should neither represent nor deal with the object, but on the contrary should attempt to become an object itself...Colour is to painting what the word is to poetry......[It is] the colour which determines the form." - Guido Molinari
Sans titre is an exceptional work from Molinari's 1960s cycle of abstract works that established their pictorial structure through horizontal and vertical stripes and sections of evenly modulated, contrasting colours. Molinari considered colour to be a form of energy and stated that he used "colour as a structural element, not as light, but as energy." Molinari's juxtaposition of colours creates vibratory effects along their intersections, and these colours appear to change when bordered by other colours and when used in different sizes and shapes - as with the blue in Sans titre, when bordered by either black or red. Molinari explained that "the same colour would have a different function according to its position in the 'structure.' " Thus works such as this electric painting are perceived by each individual viewer as an exciting and dynamic visual event.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $32,450.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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