Lot # 017
Spring 2012 - 1st Session Live auction

Jean Paul Lemieux
CC QMG RCA 1904 - 1990 Canadian

La rivière
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1954 and on verso titled and dated on various labels
17 3/4 x 42 in  45.1 x 106.7cm

Provenance:
Galerie Godard Lefort, Montreal
Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Guy Robert, Lemieux, 1975, reproduced page 95

Exhibited:
Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition, 1956

In the 1950s, Jean Paul Lemieux was painting landscapes, interiors and townscapes. In 1953 he participated in a group show at the National Gallery of Canada, followed by his first one-man show at the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, which was dominated by landscapes painted around Charlevoix and the Saguenay River. Guy Robert writes, “The spring of 1954 inspired some of Lemieux’s finest work, landscapes of great sensitivity whose every stroke bespeaks the artist’s delicate touch.” This 1954 Quebec landscape is a superlative example of Robert’s description. It is lushly painterly, and its controlled palette of mostly greens and blues, explored tonally, brings the brightness of sunlight into the work through yellow-tinged greens. In Montreal in the 1950s the Automatists brought explosive change, but Lemieux preferred the modernist tradition of the Fauves and Post-Cubism, and took the path of his own unique vision. Still, it was an important time of transition for him, and by the late 1950s he settled into a minimalist approach in his landscapes and a new approach to the figure.

Estimate: $35,000 ~ $45,000 CAD  
Sold for: $46,800 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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