LOT 047

1924 - 2001

oil on canvas
signed and dated 1991 and on verso signed and titled
57 3/4 x 45 in, 146.7 x 114.3 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Galerie d'art Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec
Private Collection, Montreal

Robert Enright, Marcelle Ferron: Monograph, Galerie Simon Blais, 2008, page 13

Galerie d'art Michel Bigué, Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, Marcelle Ferron: Oeuvres de 1950 à 1992, May 16 - June 12, 1992

Marcelle Ferron’s Autoportrait is a painterly tour de force produced in 1991, almost 20 years after her return to painting in 1972. For a decade prior to 1972, she had dedicated her practice to stained glass, which was informed by her handling of colour and space in her earliest painted works. In Autoportrait, Ferron covers the monumental canvas with the full range of her brushwork, turning it into a rich expanse of colour and texture. From large swathes of cerulean blue and deep coral to ribbons of inky black, the incredible dexterity with which Ferron applies her paint to the surface of this work is masterful, and she creates dazzling effects of luminosity. Her planes of colour fold and unfold in fluid, wavelike movements. The composition is restless and dynamic, yet seems to follow an internal order. When discussing Ferron’s works, art critic Robert Enright wrote, “They have an irresistible physical presence and an equally compelling rhythm.” Autoportrait certainly embodies these qualities.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000 CAD

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