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Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 014

Jean Albert McEwen
AANFM RCA 1923 - 1999 Canadian

Les contes arabes #3
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1964 and on verso signed, titled, dated and stamped Gallery Moos, 138 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
20 x 18 in  50.8 x 45.7cm

Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto, 1964
Private Collection, Ontario

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 177

Les contes arabes #3 displays the complexity and sophistication of Jean McEwen’s brushwork and his distinctive approach to colour. The artist sets layer upon layer of lustrous oil paint all over the canvas, building up a mottled surface of delicate tonal variation. Roald Nasgaard wrote: “His continuous coloured textures are built out of strata of superimposed paint layers, sometimes as many as a dozen. Their ever more variegated hues and tones lie in ambiguous depths, sometimes opaque and other times transparent and luminous.” Here, different cells of marbled colours are arranged in a cruciform. The central vertical poppy red, saffron yellow and brown column is bordered by L-shapes of the same palette. The four corners of the canvas are accentuated by blue and mustard squares. Each cell is delineated by glossy black lines and two horizontal bands, which appear from the underlayers of the work. With its rich medley of colour and McEwen’s unique paint-handling technique, this canvas is intensely vibrant; each form is imbued with its own texture, resulting in an elaborate tapestry.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $50,000 CAD

Sold For: $49,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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