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Claude Tousignant

Claude Tousignant
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 036

Claude Tousignant
AANFM LP QMG RCA 1932 - Canadian

Double 12 en vert et rouge et bleu
acrylic on canvas diptych
on verso signed and dated 1971 on each
12 diameter (each) in  30.5 diameter (each)cm

Provenance:
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
James D. Campbell, After Geometry: The Abstract Art of Claude Tousignant, 1995, pages 81 and 82

Claude Tousignant’s interest in the circle began in the mid-1960s. He stated, “I was fascinated by the circle as a form and the equal tensions to all peripheries,” and he continued to work with it in various series through the 1970s. In 1965, he lived in New York for a period and became interested in Op Art, one of the dominant trends in the art community there at that time. Tousignant’s avowed purpose in using simplified geometric forms such as this was “to say as much as possible with as few elements as possible.” In this double circle diptych, he explored the dynamism of colour relationships. Colour bands react to each other within the plane of each painting: cool blue makes itself known subtly within the green circle and then, in a cobalt hue, more dominantly within the red circle. With their contrasts of red and green, the outer rings of each circle confront each other, then radiate outward to interact with the colour of their surrounding space. Optically vibratory, Double 12 en vert et rouge et bleu asserts its presence through its chromatic electricity.

Estimate: $25,000 ~ $35,000 CAD

Sold For: $50,150.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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