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Alfred Pellan

Alfred Pellan

Alfred Pellan
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 061

Alfred Pellan
CAS OC PY QMG RCA 1906 - 1988 Canadian

Still Life on Red Background
gouache on card
signed and dated 1960 and on verso titled on the gallery label
16 x 20 in  40.6 x 50.8cm

Provenance:
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary
Private Collection, Vancouver

Literature:
Guy Robert, Pellan: Sa vie et son oeuvre / His Life and His Art, 1963, page 56

One of Quebec’s great artists, Alfred Pellan had a unique style. His work was influenced by the period of time he spent in Paris between the years 1926 and 1940, when he was a part of that city’s dizzyingly innovative art milieu. Here he was dazzled by the work of such artists as Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró and Vincent van Gogh. Pellan explored many directions in his work, but was particularly affected by Cubism and Surrealism, although he refused to be affiliated with any particular school of art. As he stated, “The pictorial approach is essentially free. Painting is based on emotion and the way in which it tends to reveal itself depends upon the unpredictable ways of plastic and poetic invention.” Pellan was known for his intense, vibrating palette, vivaciously exemplified by Still Life on Red Background. He draws the profusion of flowers with abandon – richly hued forms explode outward in every direction, propelled forward by the flat space of the fiery colour-field backdrop. Still Life on Red Background expresses the essence of Pellan’s passionate and free nature.

Estimate: $10,000 ~ $15,000 CAD

Sold For: $22,500.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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