LOT 032

1916 - 2014

Coulées remontées
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1969 and on verso titled and inscribed "60 F" and "3"
51 3/8 x 38 1/4 in, 130.5 x 97.2 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist in Paris by the present Private Collection, Montreal, 1969

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 204

Centre culturel canadien, Paris, Fernand Leduc, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, September 15 - 31, 1970

In the fall of 1970, the exhibition rooms of the Centre culturel canadien in Paris were inaugurated with a selection of 16 paintings by Fernand Leduc, all executed in the previous three years. This grouping represented the culmination of 30 years of practice, and the works were a natural evolution from his rigorous geometric abstraction of the late 1950s and early 1960s. From 1965 to 1969, Leduc moved into what art historian Roald Nasgaard described as “biomorphic shapes reminiscent of Matisse’s cut-outs and a little of Arp’s shapes floating in grounds of contrasting colour.” Works from this period are unrestrained, expansive and achieve a high level of intensity with impressively simple means.

Included in the Paris exhibition was the phenomenal Coulées remontées, a stunning display of the artist’s sensitive understanding of form and colour and a quintessential example from this period. Nested into each other, solid planes of richly saturated navy, crimson, teal, terra cotta, blue and ochre create a wavelike movement as they seem to pulsate together. Coulées remontées was acquired directly from the artist by the present private collection in 1969, the year it was painted. It has been in this collection ever since and is here making its auction debut.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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