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LOT 042

Gershon Iskowitz
1921 - 1988

Orange Red - A
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 1979 - 1980
50 x 45 in 127 x 114.3 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Adele Freedman, Gershon Iskowitz: Painter of Light, 1982, page 153

In Orange Red - A, Gershon Iskowitz used the whitish-grey, softly modulated background characteristic of his work of the late 1970s, also seen in lot 43 in this sale. This cloud-like surface makes his shapes - ribbons formed by chunks of colour - pop forward. In this gorgeous painting, Iskowitz creates a sense of space that gives freedom and movement to these ribbons.
Iskowitz was not part of a school in Toronto, nor did he produce a school of followers – he was unique, and his work was closer to that of artists Henri Matisse, Chaim Soutine or Claude Monet than that of Canadian artists. However, the impact of his painting on other Canadian artists has clearly been felt. Toronto artist Dan Solomon stated: “Iskowitz and Jack Bush are the only two people in this town who thought specifically about carefully constructed colour relationships and how paint sits on the surface. It’s the abstract elements that make his pictures great.” The gradual evolution of Iskowitz’s work was praised by artist David Bolduc, who said, “The continuity within the paintings themselves and the continuity of his life are just an impressive feat.”

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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