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LOT h038

1906 - 1988

Bestiaire - 4 -
colour serigraph on paper
signed, titled, editioned E.A. 12/15 and dated 1974
26 1/8 x 34 1/2 in, 66.4 x 87.5 cm

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Sold for: $3,125

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Legs Madeleine Poliseno-Pelland Bequest
Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

The beasts created by Alfred Pellan are found throughout all the mediums of his artistic output: drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures. Often born of chance inspiration, at times these beasts take on the appearance of recognizable animals, but more often they spring straight from Pellan’s imagination. Sometimes peaceful and amusing, sometimes menacing, even ferocious, these strange creatures take on a number of human aspects; the artist thus creates a theater where they enact a human comedy. Although depictions of animals appear in Pellan’s works from the 1940s onwards, it is in the early 1970s that the artist introduces the theme of the bestiary, notably with a series of collages on the stonework of his home studio in Sainte-Rose. Multiple variations on this theme would follow and punctuate the remainder of his career, culminating in his last painting: the fantastic Bestiaire no. 26, completed in 1984.

Les bêtes créées par Pellan peuplent tous les territoires de son art : dessins, estampes, peintures, sculptures. Souvent nées d’inspirations fortuites, elles prennent parfois l’allure d’animaux reconnaissables, mais sont pour la plupart tout droit issues de son imaginaire. Tantôt amusantes et paisibles, tantôt menaçantes, voire féroces, ces étranges créatures revêtent plusieurs caractères propres à l’homme, l’artiste ayant ainsi mis en œuvre une sorte de théâtre où se joue la comédie humaine. Bien que des représentations d’animaux figurent dans les œuvres de Pellan dès les années 1940, c’est au début des années 1970 que l’artiste inaugure la thématique du bestiaire, notamment avec une série de collages sur la maçonnerie de sa maison-atelier de Sainte-Rose. De multiples variantes du thème suivront et ponctueront le reste de sa carrière, jusqu’à constituer le sujet de son dernier tableau : le fabuleux Bestiaire no 26, peint en 1984.

We thank Eve-Lyne Beaudry and Marie-Hélène Métivier for the contributing the original French essay.

Please note: the full sheet size of this work is 32 x 44 1/4 inches.

Please note: Consignor proceeds of this Lot will benefit the Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. This lot is accompanied by a certificate of provenance from the Fondation du Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

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