Lot Sale Results

William Paterson Ewen
Fall 2015 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 026

William Paterson Ewen
AANFM RCA 1925 - 2002 Canadian

Elongated Rectangles
oil on canvas 1964
initialed and inscribed "60"
50 x 50 in  127 x 127cm

Acquired directly from the Artist in 1967 by the present Private Collection, Montreal

Matthew Teitelbaum, Paterson Ewen: The Montreal Years, Mendel Art Gallery, 1987, dated 1964, listed page 47, reproduced page 4

Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Paterson Ewen: The Montreal Years, November 20, 1987 - January 3, 1988, traveling in 1988 to the London Regional Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Windsor; Concordia Art Gallery, Montreal; and Saint Mary's University Art Gallery, Halifax, catalogue #73

As a pupil of John Lyman at McGill University and Goodridge Roberts and Group of Seven member Arthur Lismer at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Paterson Ewen had an early training in keeping with the traditional figurative style of painting of the early post-war period. However, the 1950s marked a turning point in Ewen's artistic approach, as his relationships with Paul-Émile Borduas and the Automatists ushered him into the avant-garde world of abstraction. By the 1960s, Ewen transitioned into a style of geometric abstraction influenced by the work of his contemporaries Claude Tousignant and Guido Molinari. Elongated Rectangles showcases Ewen's transitional process, as he worked past the figurative approach of his predecessors and experimented in the world of the avant-garde.
Ewen's expert skill at compositional arrangement is manifested in this work as he stacked the three rectangles, creating a structural formation that is rhythmic and optically balanced. He interposed a yellow rectangular form between blocks of complementary blue and orange, creating a vibrant visual effect. This colour palette, which skilfully balances cool and warm hues, reappears in several of his iconic 1970s works on plywood.

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

Sold For: $50,150.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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