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Charles Gagnon

Charles Gagnon

Charles Gagnon
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 022

Charles Gagnon
ARCA 1934 - 2003 Canadian

Burst
casein, pencil and collage on paper
signed and on verso titled and dated 1961 on the exhibition label
16 1/2 x 13 3/4 in  41.9 x 34.9cm

Provenance:
Estate of the Artist
Private Collection, Montreal

Literature:
Philip Fry, Charles Gagnon, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1978, page 71, reproduced page 140

Exhibited:
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Charles Gagnon, traveling to the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Vancouver Art Gallery; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, 1978 - 1980, catalogue #22

Charles Gagnon’s Burst from 1961 encapsulates the strength and enduring significance of his oeuvre. Introduced into the work by a collaged element, the title, as described by Philip Fry, “suggests the passage from contained to the released, from fullness to emptiness, from inside to outside.” With its charcoal grey ovoid shape, overlapping touches of soft pink and chartreuse green splashes, Burst is emblematic of Gagnon’s work in the early 1960s, when he returned to Montreal from New York after studying at the Parsons School of Design and the New York School of Interior Design. This exhilarating period is felt in the artist’s painterly energy—he covers the surface of the piece with a variety of brushwork, while deftly handling pictorial space. The composition is carefully constructed, yet never contrived. Gagnon produced few works in each decade, but his painting was a purposeful act—nothing was left to chance—resulting in an extremely coherent and powerful oeuvre. Burst was included in Gagnon’s retrospective held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1978, which traveled across Canada the following year.

Estimate: $14,000 ~ $18,000 CAD

Sold For: $49,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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