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LOT 040

Jean-Paul Armand Mousseau
1927 - 1991

Sans titre
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1963
40 x 30 in 101.6 x 76.2 cm

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000

Sold for: $16,250

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Private Collection, Quebec

Sans titre, an exciting display of complex, layered colours, represents Jean-Paul Mousseau’s unique and expressive approach to abstraction. Using broad gestural strokes, Mousseau has scraped and marbled his paints into a spirited display of intense brushwork. Intricate veils of varying shades of blue shimmer over black, white, orange, lavender, red and soft pink strokes that appear in the background. The result is undeniably liberated and expressive, enveloping the viewer with its richly painted surface.

Executed in 1963, this work dates from a vital period in Mousseau’s career. From the second half of the 1950s, his interest in the social aspect of art grew. He turned towards the applied arts, such as resin and fibreglass light fixtures, theatre set design and costumes, and, most importantly, public art integrated into architecture. In the early 1960s, he worked on major public art projects, including the mural for the Hydro-Québec headquarters and the ceramic murals in the Peel subway station in Montreal. Mousseau was also a signatory of the manifesto Refus global and was the youngest member of the groundbreaking Automatist group.

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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