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Jean Paul Lemieux

Jean Paul Lemieux

Jean Paul Lemieux
Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 029

Jean Paul Lemieux
CC QMG RCA 1904 - 1990 Canadian

Sans titre
oil on card
on verso signed
7 3/4 x 6 in  19.7 x 15.2cm

Provenance:
Lacerte art contemporain, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto

Literature:
Guy Robert, Lemieux, 1975, page 276, a similar work entitled Petite ville (Little Town) reproduced page 274

“Suddenly, in the slow flickering of the remembered past, there comes surging up from its darkest depths the miraculous light of childhood, to shine like a dream and rekindle the myth of the eternal return buried deeply in the artist’s heart of hearts.”—Guy Robert, on Jean Paul Lemieux’s contemplation of his subjects “at the frontier of solitude”
The great enduring theme of Lemieux was the human condition, and the enigma of each human being in their essential aloneness. Lemieux’s subject here, a child, gazes directly at us. Alone and vulnerable in the snowy environment, having left the rural buildings far behind, the figure nevertheless projects a gentle and hopeful expression, embodying that “miraculous light of childhood.” As well as an evocative portrait, this is also a fine landscape—typical of Lemieux’s work, only slight tonal variations differentiate between the sky and the snowy ground. The overcast sky is slightly warmer, and in the upper right is the glow of the winter sun pressing through the clouds. It is quite remarkable what presence this pochade-size work possesses, and how evocatively it engages our imagination.

Estimate: $40,000 ~ $60,000 CAD

Sold For: $94,400.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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