Lot # 035
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Guido Molinari
AANFM LP QMG RCA SAPQ 1933 - 2004 Canadian

Sans titre
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed and dated Août 1966
42 x 24 in  106.7 x 61cm

Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Quebec, 1967

Pierre Théberge, Guido Molinari, National Gallery of Canada, 1976, pages 54 - 55
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 188

In a 1972 speech given at the National Research Council in Ottawa, painter Guido Molinari stated, “My own position regarding the problem of colour is that it is through a redefinition of the colour phenomena and dynamism that painting can realize its full potentialities.” The artist had fulfilled this ambitious aim of redefining chromatic possibilities with his quintessential 1960s series, the Stripe Paintings. This impeccable painting from 1966 is a fine example of this endeavour. Slender vertical stripes of equal width cover the surface of the canvas. Cobalt blue, red, chocolate, orange and bright green precede and succeed each other in a particular but not repeated pattern. Each and every hue is influenced by the colour next to it, so that the same blue may appear darker placed next to a brown stripe rather than a green one. Vibrant and rhythmic, this painting reveals the relationships between colours. As art historian Roald Nasgaard further explains, “Molinari's concern was not the aesthetic quality of colour but its dynamic energy. Given in repeated patterns, colour was released to give full expression to its chromatic energies and interactions.”

Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD  
Sold for: $118,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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