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Alfred Pellan
La tour de Babel

56 x 38in 142.2 x 96.5cm
mixed media on board

Estimate: $90,000 - $120,000 CAD
Sold for:   $118,000 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2015 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 26, 2015
Alfred Pellan
Chasse aux papillons

27 x 42in 68.6 x 106.7cm
oil on canvas on board

Estimate: $80,000 - $120,000 CAD
Sold for:   $94,400 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2014 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, November 27, 2014
Alfred Pellan

21 x 25in 53.3 x 63.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $45,000 - $65,000 CAD
Sold for:   $74,750 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Alfred Pellan
Femme à la perle

32 x 21in 81.3 x 53.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000 CAD
Sold for:   $52,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Post-War & Contemporary Art auction on Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Alfred Pellan

36 x 25in 91.44 x 63.5cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $45,000 - $55,000 CAD
Sold for:   $43,050 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's May 2000 Fine Canadian Art auction on Wednesday, May 10, 2000
Alfred Pellan
Nature morte au litre de vin

16 x 12 3/4in 40.6 x 32.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 CAD
Sold for:   $38,350 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Fall 2016 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Alfred Pellan

28 x 22in 71.1 x 55.9cm
mixed media on card on canvas on board

Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000 CAD
Sold for:   $38,025 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2012 - 1st Session auction on Thursday, May 17, 2012
Alfred Pellan
Soucoupes volantes

12 7/8 x 17 5/8in 32.7 x 44.8cm
oil on board

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD
Sold for:   $38,025 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2011 - 1st Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Alfred Pellan

9 7/8 x 14 1/4in 25.1 x 36.2cm
circa 1945
oil on paper on board

Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000 CAD
Sold for:   $29,250 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's Spring 2010 - 1st Session auction on Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Alfred Pellan
Beyond the Window

32 x 22in 81.3 x 55.9cm
oil on canvas

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000 CAD
Sold for:   $26,550 CAD (premium included)
at Heffel's November 2016 - 10th Session auction on Saturday, November 26, 2016
Alfred Pellan

Alfred Pellan

1906 - 1988

Alfred Pellan was born in Quebec City in 1906 and began his artistic studies at the École des beaux-arts when he was just 14 years old. He achieved early success, when two years later in 1922, the National Gallery of Canada purchased his painting A Corner of Old Quebec. In 1926 he was awarded a scholarship by the Quebec government and headed to Paris for further study. There, the work of Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró and Vincent van Gogh, among others, encouraged his abstract and surrealist tendencies. He studied at the École supérieure national des beaux-arts de Paris, worked as a graphic designer, and designed fabric for the couturier Schiaparelli. The year 1935 saw his first solo exhibition at the Académie Ranson, and in 1939 he participated in a group exhibition in Washington titled Paris Painters of Today, which also included Salvador Dali, Picasso, Andre Dérain and Raoul Dufy.

As World War II began, Pellan returned to Canada and settled in Montreal, and mounted exhibitions of the work he produced in Paris in Montreal and Quebec City. He taught at the École des beaux-arts in Montreal from 1943 to 1952 while continuing to paint and draw, as well as illustrating books and designing sets and costumes. He also joined the short-lived group Prisme d’Yeux. He traveled to Paris again in 1952 on a research fellowship from the Royal Society of Canada, spending three years there before being given a retrospective at the Musée d’art moderne in Paris - the first ever Canadian to do so.

Returning to Montreal in 1955, Pellan continued his artistic production and participated in many important exhibitions both locally and abroad. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and his numerous awards include: Companion of the Order of Canada, the Paul-Émile Borduas prize and officer of l’Ordre national du Québec. He died in 1988 in Montreal.

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