LOT 024

1916 - 1965

Nature morte
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled on the Dominion Gallery label, dated 1963 - 1964 and inscribed "Vence A.M."
21 1/4 x 25 1/2 in, 54 x 64.8 cm

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

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Dominion Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Sold sale of Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 26, 2009, lot 44
Private Collection, Toronto

Michèle Grandbois, Dallaire, Musée du Québec, 1999, page 151

Jean Dallaire executed this painting in Vence, a region of Alpes-Maritimes in the South of France that he held dear. Beginning in 1959, he was energized by the area’s luminous and magnificent surroundings. As with previous great artists before him, Dallaire was mesmerized by the purity of the light of this region, and this light infuses his work from this period. But Dallaire, being a Canadian in France, also had his own distinct cultural viewpoint on what he saw. Michèle Grandbois wrote, “À Vence, Jean Dallaire s’abandonne entièrement au ludisme de la couleur, de la ligne et de la texture” (In Vence, Jean Dallaire abandons himself entirely to the playfulness of colour, line and texture), exemplified in this fine still life with its crisp Mediterranean blues and greens. Dallaire mixed fruit with playing cards on the tabletop in a playful way, and through its fluid composition and flattened space gave the painting a free and modern quality. In Nature morte, Dallaire’s modernist vision has evolved from the breakthroughs Paul Cézanne attained with his influential still lifes in the late nineteenth century.

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

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