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LOT 012

Marcelle Ferron
1924 - 2001

Sans titre
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed and dated 1961
18 1/8 x 10 5/8 in 46 x 27 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at:

Private Collection, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 31, 2014, lot 208
Private Collection, Montreal

Ray Ellenwood, Egregore: A History of the Montreal Automatist Movement, 1992, page 270

Marcelle Ferron first trained at l'École des beaux-arts in Quebec City, but left in 1944. Her experimental inclinations resonated with Paul-Émile Borduas, and he invited her to become his student at l’École du meuble in Montreal. Under Borduas’s mentorship, Ferron forged her own personal, vibrant vision of abstraction. She was a signatory of the historic Automatist manifesto the Refus global in 1948, and she remained true to the Automatist gesture throughout her artistic career. In 1953 Ferron settled in the creative hub of Paris, staying for 13 years. This canvas is from that period and exhibits her exhilarating freedom of expression. While in Paris, Ferron began to make and mix her own paint, and her pigments, layered over white, were brilliant. Her technique was dazzling: she laid down her paint in thick, broad strokes, using palette knives up to three feet long. These were so instrumental to her process that she stated, “The tool almost wrote the painting by itself.” Ferron’s paintings of the 1960s are characterized by their exciting gestural turbulence, which Sans titre exemplifies magnificently.

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

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