LOT 057

1939 - 2014

acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 1968
68 x 68 in, 172.7 x 172.7 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

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Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, 1970

From the age of 17, Jacques Hurtubise devoted his whole life to his art. A hard-working, passionate man, he had an impressive exhibition history, which included having his first solo show at age 21 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the same year he won a scholarship to study in New York. He began using the hard-edge technique during the 1960s, and this would become his signature style. He used masking tape and a knife to create highly controlled works that appear geometric in pattern but which are, actually, free-form. The cut-out “splashes” of paint reflect his lifelong interest in the effects of water.

Above all, Hurtubise’s work is about colour, and Annette is an enchanting, calm painting from 1968, created in the year after the 1967 Bienal de São Paolo, where he represented Canada alongside Jack Bush. Although pink was a favourite colour, he experimented with all colours that veer towards the limits of the human eye’s capabilities, including pale yellows and chartreuse green. The following year he developed his colour experiments even further with works using neon light bulbs, before returning to his favoured canvas and paint.

Please note: each side measures 67 7/8 inches.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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