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1924 - 2001
Fleurs de la nuit
oil on board
signed and dated 1950 and on verso titled on the gallery labels
19 1/2 x 23 3/8 in, 49.5 x 59.4 cm
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
Sold for: $22,500
Collection of the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Marcelle Ferron, 2000, reproduced page 60 and listed page 140
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Marcelle Ferron, June 2 - Septembre 10, 2000, catalogue #20
Marcelle Ferron signed the Refus global manifesto in 1948, and she became a central figure of the Automatist movement led by Paul-Émile Borduas, who had a decisive influence on her artistic career and choices. This purely Automatist painting from 1950 comes from a watershed period in Quebec’s art history. Through its intuitive approach and use of enigmatic nocturnal hues and forms, this work expresses a vision unique to Ferron at this time, just as she is starting to make her mark on the artistic scene in Montreal. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she took part in several influential projects and exhibitions, and collaborated with other leading members of the Automatist movement. Ferron’s ever- evolving artistic career spanned six decades, and she became one of Canada and Quebec’s most important artists of the twentieth century.
This rare painting, titled Fleurs de la nuit (Night Flowers) was included in Ferron’s important retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from June 2 to September 10, 2000, which the artist was able to view before her passing in 2001.
This painting has remained in the collection of the artist, and is now making its auction debut.
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