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Yves Gaucher

Yves Gaucher
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 068

Yves Gaucher
ARCA 1934 - 2000 Canadian

TH - 11 - ND
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and titled TH - 11 - ND - 68 on the gallery labels and dated 1968
60 x 48 in  152.4 x 121.9cm

Provenance:
Galerie Agnès Lefort, Montreal
Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Acquired from the above by the present Important Private Collection, Montreal, then California

Literature:
William Townsend, editor, Canadian Art Today, 1970, essay by David Silcox, “Yves Gaucher,” page 27
Roald Nasgaard, Yves Gaucher: A Fifteen-Year Perspective, 1963 - 1978, Art Gallery of Ontario, 1979, reproduced page 88 and listed page 141
Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 198

Exhibited:
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Yves Gaucher: A Fifteen-Year Perspective, 1963 - 1978, March 17 - April 29, 1979, traveling in 1979 to the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, catalogue #35

Part of Yves Gaucher’s Grey on Grey series, TH - 11 – ND is a delicate and sophisticated acrylic on canvas. This series, spanning from December 1967 to October 1969 and totaling more than 60 paintings, was described by art historian Roald Nasgaard as “one of the grand achievements of post-World War II abstract painting.” Collectively, these works create an environmental installation. Individually, they are exquisitely contemplative monochromes. Each painting showcases a different tonality of the colour grey, which is roller-painted onto the canvas. Across the fields of grey, crisp white or grey lines of varying length run horizontally. TH - 11 – ND is typical of this series - each line is placed strategically so as to keep the viewer’s eye moving across its broad and rhythmic surface. Solemn and engulfing, this work reveals the subtle luminosity of the grey itself, a tone that Gaucher once said “contains all colors and all emotional states.” This immersive field of sumptuous colour is a testament to the artist’s technical skill and refined visual sensibility.

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD

Sold For: $37,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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