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Gershon Iskowitz
Printemps 2015 - 1ère séance Vente en salle

Lot # 016

Gershon Iskowitz
CSGA RCA 1921 - 1988 Canadian

oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled, dated 1978 and inscribed "Bizz" and "900-6"
44 x 38 pouces  111.7 x 96.5cm

Private Collection, Montreal

Born in Kielce, Poland, Gershon Iskowitz began his artistic exploration at an early age. He grew up under the oppressive Nazi regime and survived internment at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. In 1949 Iskowitz moved to Canada, where, understandably, his early post-war works focused on those experiences; but it was our good fortune that he ultimately was able to find strength and solace in the Canadian landscape as the main subject of his paintings. In his early landscape images we see identifiable features found in nature, but these aspects grew less distinguishable as he began to fill his canvases with floating areas of colour to suggest vegetation and atmosphere. After representing Canada at the Venice Biennale, Iskowitz took two important trips to Yellowknife in 1973 and 1977 that gave rise to a transformation in his artistic vision. In the years following, he experimented with new colour combinations and treatment of space, leaving open areas on the surface to allow room for the colours to breathe. Autumn-I is an outstanding example of Iskowitz’s unorthodox and unparalleled interpretation of the Canadian landscape.

Estimation: 20,000 $ ~ 30,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 29,500.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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