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William Paterson Ewen
L'automne 2010 - 1ère séance Vente en salle

Lot # 024

William Paterson Ewen
AANFM RCA 1925 - 2002 Canadian

White Abstraction No. 1
oil on canvas circa 1963
on verso titled on a label
40 x 30 pouces  101.6 x 76.2cm

Galerie du Siècle, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

During the time of highly polarized philosophical and aesthetic battles that raged within the Quebec art scene during the late forties and early fifties, Paterson Ewen had strong connections to both the English and French artistic communities and the various groups that were active at that time. From his earliest days as an art student under the influence of progressive representational artists like Goodridge Roberts, to his membership in the Association des artistes non-figuratifs de Montréal and his awareness of the Automatist and Plasticien groups, he absorbed their many philosophies and visual strategies without becoming defined by any one of them. It was in 1954 that he first began to show abstract works.

In 1963, Paterson Ewen began a series of monochromatic works using a palette knife as well as brushes. This followed on the heels of his Blackout series, and is a logical outflow from it. While the monochromes relate to the Blackout works in surface treatment, they also pay homage to the late work of Paul-Émile Borduas, which Ewen had seen the year before in the retrospective of the artist mounted by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Ewen was also exposed to the ideas of the Russian Constructivist painters at this time, and melded aspects of both their work and that of Borduas into his own. A series of related works in pastel on paper also came from this time.

Ewen’s monochromes are concerned solely with the application of a single colour of paint and the way in which the paint was laid down. These works are a vibrant point in the development of Ewen’s career. As physical as the Blackout series, and foreshadowing his later gouged-wood works, they are a milestone that would, together with his Constructivist-influenced works, win him a Canada Council Fellowship in 1964.

Estimation: 50,000 $ ~ 60,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 58,500.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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