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Ronald Langley Bloore

Ronald Langley Bloore

Ronald Langley Bloore
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 066

Ronald Langley Bloore
OC R5 RSC 1925 - 2009 Canadian

Untitled - Abstract
oil on board
on verso titled "Painting" on the exhibition label, dated August 1960 and inscribed "NFS"
47 1/2 x 47 1/2 in  120.6 x 120.6cm

Provenance:
Galerie Dresdnere, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Sold sale of Canadian Post-War & Contemporary Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, September 29, 2007, lot 5
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Ted Fraser, R.L. Bloore - Sixteen Years: 1958 - 1974, Art Gallery of Windsor, 1975, reproduced
"Three Abstract Painters: Bush/Ronald/Bloore," Artscanada, March/April 1977, pages 13 and 14
Theodore Allen Heinrich, "Ronald Bloore: New Byzantine Lights and Other Paintings," ArtsCanada, March/April 1977, pages 12 - 17

Exhibited:
Art Gallery of Windsor, R.L. Bloore - Sixteen Years: 1958 - 1974, October 26 - November 23, 1975, traveling in 1975 to the London Art Gallery; Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston; Musée d'art contemporain, Montreal; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Vancouver Art Gallery; and Norman Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina, catalogue #7

Ronald Bloore was a member of the Regina Five group, all of whom were abstract painters from Saskatchewan. Bloore was well known for the purity and austerity of his white monochrome paintings, and Untitled – Abstract is a classic example of this group of works. In his 1977 essay “Ronald Bloore: New Byzantine Lights and Other Paintings,” Theodore Heinrich writes about the artist’s work from the early 1960s, “Two tendencies strongly present in even the earliest of the abstract or non-figurative works…the denial of the participation of the brush and the insistence on relief, however shallow…It is this relief…that gives Bloore’s painting its most distinctive character and makes one wonder whether all along he hasn’t suppressed a desire to be a sculptor…It has, despite not being arranged in the regular rows of normal writing, a surface densely packed in an overall pattern with a 'cuneiform' inscription of the kind the idle form on bar tables with matches or toothpicks.”

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD

Sold For: $46,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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