Lot # 043
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Gershon Iskowitz
CSGA RCA 1921 - 1988 Canadian

Spring D
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 1978
44 x 38 in  111.8 x 96.5cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Quebec

Literature:
Adele Freedman, Gershon Iskowitz: Painter of Light, 1982, page 153, a similar 1978 canvas entitled Autumn J reproduced page 145

In 1977, the year previous to the creation of this vibrant work, Gershon Iskowitz experienced increasing international recognition – the Canada Council Art Bank acquired his paintings and included him in the exhibition Seven Canadian Painters, which traveled to New Zealand and Australia. An art critic in New Zealand pointed out that his paintings “seem to move, suggesting a wide range of cosmic phenomena, none explicitly stated.” This was an astute comment, given that Iskowitz’s abstractions grew from his experiences viewing the Canadian landscape from the perspective of flying. Also in that same year, Iskowitz had his first solo show in New York, at the Martha Jackson Gallery, during which his mastery of colour was singled out for praise. Spring D, from a group of works with titles referring to the seasons, exhibits Iskowitz’s evolution into a more open, less densely patterned approach. With its pulsating patches of warm and cool tones that float to the surface from a pale cloud-like matrix, this work is a fine example of Iskowitz’s refined explorations of the relationships between radiant colour and space.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD  
Sold for: $22,500 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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