LOT 064

Joseph Hector Yvon (Joe) Fafard
1942 - 2019

Le petit danseur
patinated bronze sculpture
signed, editioned 5/5 and dated 1988
22 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 9 in 57.5 x 21 x 22.9 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Ottawa

Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Ontario

Terrence Heath, Joe Fafard, National Gallery of Canada, 2007, page 128

One of Canada’s most unique and well-known sculptors, Joe Fafard was raised on a farm in Saskatchewan and still lives in that province, having established his own foundry in Pense. Fafard first gained renown for his ceramic sculptures of local people and farm animals, then in 1985 began to work in bronze. In the 1980s he began an important series of portraits of well-known artists who were key innovators in the history of Western art. Terrence Heath commented, “Much like the statues of the saints that adorn every Catholic church as benchmarks of spirituality, Joe’s portraits of master artists – Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso…..are his personal benchmarks of art.” Le petit danseur is an intriguing depiction of Picasso, Fafard having chosen the posture of one foot in the air to indicate that Picasso is about to step into the unknown. However, he is still standing on Greek tradition, represented by the form of a column. As Fafard stated, “I wanted to express the idea that an artist must plunge into the unknown to arrive at new knowledge.”

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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