Lot # 007
April 2017 - 1st Session Online auction

Georges Mathieu
1921 - 2012 French

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1978 and on verso titled
28 x 36 1/4 in  71.1 x 92.1cm

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Toronto

Over a smooth cerulean background, a complex network of red, white, aqua and black strokes appears, painted with what we feel like great vigor. Indeed, French painter Georges Mathieu, who was widely considered as one of the fathers of lyrical abstraction, favored rapidity of execution and a very direct, almost physical relation with the canvas. He would often squeeze paint directly from the tubes onto his canvases and would sometimes use his hands in addition to his brushes. He also often experimented with dripping techniques, not unlike Jackson Pollock. His angular and calligraphic lines are highly expressive and burst with palpable energy. These lines seem to thrust forward from the background, due to their saturated and contrasting colors, giving the work a tridimensional quality. Georges Mathieu’s works are included in museum collections all over the world, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London and the MoMA in New York. Throughout his career, he accumulated honors, such as being elected member of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris in 1975, named Knight of the Legion of Honour and Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Comité Georges Mathieu, certificate #GM70015, and it will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.


$45,000 ~ $55,000 CAD

Final Bid: $40,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount $
33629 27/04/2017 10:01:00 AM $40,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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