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LOT 047

Fernand Leduc
1916 - 2014

Passages gris, violet-jaune
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1969 and on verso signed, initialed, titled, dated and inscribed "AIX" / "H69" / "40F"
32 x 39 1/4 in 81.3 x 99.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $34,250

Preview at:

Private Collection, Quebec

Jean-Pierre Duquette, Fernand Leduc de 1943 à 1985, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chartres, 1985, page 37

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Chartres, France, Fernand Leduc de 1943 à 1985, June 22 - September 15, 1985, traveling in 1985 - 1986 to the Musée du Nouveau Monde de La Rochelle, France

“It is most important to reach the highest level of intensity with the simplest means. I’m looking for the most intense colour so as to trigger the densest response and attain the strongest dynamism possible. Rapport is the existing element…Shape and colour must interact in such a way that both equally contribute to create a dynamic force.”

- Fernand Leduc

Passages gris, violet-jaune is a pristine example from one of Fernand Leduc’s important bodies of work, Passages, which he produced from 1967 to 1969. It embodies the key elements of his works from this period. In the early 1960s, Leduc’s straight lines disappeared to make room for softer and more organic shapes. Later, in 1964 and 1965, he undertook a study of the interaction of colours with his series Chromatismes, in which he would juxtapose flat planes of two different colours. These experimentations grew more and more complex in his Passages series, through the introduction of a third, fourth and sometimes fifth colour. Here, curving shapes with smooth edges are juxtaposed. Bright yellow and green accents vibrate against aubergine, lavender and evergreen sinuous forms, creating a work that transcends the simplicity of its composition.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

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