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Paul-Émile Borduas

Paul-Émile Borduas
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 065

Paul-Émile Borduas
AUTO CAS QMG RCA 1905 - 1960 Canadian

Refus global
limited edition book
signed and stamped Dr. Gabriel Phaneuf, editioned 323/400 and dated 1948
8 5/8 x 7 3/8 x 1/4 in  21.9 x 18.7 x 0.6cm

Collection of Dr. Gabriel Phaneuf (1922 - 2004), Saint-Hyacinthe
Private Collection, Quebec

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 83

Published in 1948, the Refus global manifesto is a historical document that signaled an important cultural shift in Quebec. In art historian Roald Nasgaard's words, it was “a passionate attack on all the repressive social, political, historical and religious forces that had shaped the Quebecois people.” Not only was it the driving force behind the Automatist movement, it is now regarded as a milestone in the modernization of Quebec, exposing the province to the cosmopolitan ideas of the post-war era. The manifesto was written by Paul-Émile Borduas and co-signed by 15 other artists, including Marcel Barbeau, Claude Gauvreau, Marcelle Ferron, Fernand Leduc and Jean Paul Riopelle, who painted the cover art. Besides the manifesto, the publication includes two essays on language and Surrealism by Borduas, three short plays by Gauvreau, an essay on dance by Françoise Sullivan, Bruno Cormier’s text on pictorial art, a poem by Leduc and photographs by Maurice Perron. This rare book - only 400 copies were printed - quickly sold out and has been acquired by many institutions, such as Library and Archives Canada and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Estimate: $6,000 ~ $8,000 CAD

Sold For: $10,620.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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