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LOT 050

Pierre Gauvreau
1922 - 2011

Quelque chose comme un drapeau qui flotte
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 20/1/1978/2
18 x 24 in 45.7 x 61 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Estate of the Artist

Jacques Renaud, “Pierre Gauvreau et le ressac automatiste / Pierre Gauvreau and the Automatist Undercurrent,” Vie des arts, vol. 23, no. 93, Winter 1978, page 102, https://www.erudit.org/fr/revues/va/1978-v23-n93-va1177726/54786ac.pdf, accessed August 20, 2020

Galerie Gilles Corbeil, Montreal, Pierre Gauvreau, March 1978

After an extended break from painting, Pierre Gauvreau unveiled 30 highly anticipated pictures in 1978 at the Gilles Corbeil Gallery in Montreal. Quelque chose comme un drapeau qui flotte was one of the most vibrant paintings in the show. The exhibition was well received by critics and the public alike. A review by Jacques Renaud best characterizes this reaction: “Let us emphasize the Mediterranean clear, calm quality of the latest pictures…..In them we rediscover an often symmetrical balance in the spontaneous placing of the figures and a clarified universe. Just as [in] Borduas’ last pictures, the forms of Gauvreau’s most recent pictures present to us a purified geometry which here becomes festive. Here is an adventure to be followed with interest, even with passion. A new wind is blowing on our shores.”

These paintings were a departure from Gauvreau’s previous works in certain ways. We see him expanding on the influence of the Automatist movement, where disorder and chaos of colour and form prevailed. Though the elements in Quelque chose comme un drapeau qui flotte are still layered and evident, it is the geometrical flag forms that centre the painting and allude to the notion of a lighter approach to form.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

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