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Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 043

Jean Albert McEwen
AANFM RCA 1923 - 1999 Canadian

Jaunes traversés par les mauves
oil on canvas
on verso titled and dated 1978 on the gallery label
87 1/2 x 67 3/4 in  222.2 x 172.1cm

Marlborough-Godard, Toronto, 1979

The Embassy of Canada, Washington, DC, on loan 2015 - 2016

Jean McEwen’s richly layered canvases are composed of translucent as well as opaque colours. His process was to apply multiple layers of paint by brush and to pour the paint directly onto the surface of the work, mixing the colours with a palette knife. These colour experiments began in 1957, and during them McEwen would work with the canvas set vertically on an easel and with it laid flat on the floor, so that the paint could pool into itself and blend into subtle, glassy layers. It is no surprise to find that McEwen also worked in stained glass—he was deeply interested in the sensory effects of viewing colour, and to view colour fully, he wanted to bring as much light into his work as possible. Paint, unlike glass, required him to let the light into the paint itself, a feat he accomplished with layer upon layer of translucent colours in rich and subtle blends. By the time Jaunes traversés par les mauves (Yellows Crossed by Purples) was painted, he had abandoned the palette knife, choosing instead to work directly with his hands.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $41,300.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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