Lot # 061
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Jean Paul Lemieux
CC QMG RCA 1904 - 1990 Canadian

Les Abricotines
oil on board circa 1954
signed and on verso titled
18 x 14 3/4 in  45.7 x 37.5cm

Provenance:
Estate of Geraldine Biely, Vancouver
By descent to the present Private Collection, British Columbia

Literature:
Guy Robert, Lemieux, 1975, page 100
Marie Carani, Jean Paul Lemieux, Musée du Québec, 1992, a similar 1955 canvas entitled Soleil de midi, Menton reproduced page 124

Exhibited:
Galerie L'Atelier, Quebec City, Côte d'Azur, March 1 - 14, 1956, catalogue #15

From September 1954 to September 1955, Jean Paul Lemieux took a sabbatical from his teaching position at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, facilitated by a scholarship from the Royal Society of Canada. Lemieux, accompanied by his wife and daughter, first traveled to Paris, then south to Cannes, Menton and the Provence region. Like Pierre Bonnard and Henri Matisse, Lemieux was captivated by the beauty and sensuality of the Côte d’Azur, and he found his freedom to travel and paint there refreshing. Guy Robert wrote that Lemieux “would point out later on that it is often by going abroad that an artist finds himself, or at least discovers in himself a certain potential hitherto undetected and unexplored and which had been held back by the demands of a daily routine.” In Les Abricotines we see a lush colour palette and feel the sensuous atmosphere of southern France.
We thank Michèle Grandbois for her assistance in cataloguing and researching this work.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD  
Sold for: $22,500 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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