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Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen

Jean Albert McEwen
Spring 2017 - 1st Session Live auction

Lot # 021

Jean Albert McEwen
AANFM RCA 1923 - 1999 Canadian

Le temps épanoui
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1980 and on verso signed, titled, dated and inscribed "no. 2A"
50 x 70 in  127 x 177.8cm

Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Constance Naubert-Riser, Jean McEwen: Colour in Depth, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1987, page 49

Le temps épanoui was painted in 1980, near the culmination of Jean McEwen’s “examination of the opalescence of white,” as described by Constance Naubert-Riser. Similar to Les champs colorés No. 2, reproduced on page 114 of Jean McEwen: Colour in Depth, here the opalescent effect is foggy and elusive, bleeding in from the margins and below the surface. The central vertical, which we also see in past works, opens like a valley in the middle of the canvas, flanked by side panels underpainted in a deep teal. As with many of McEwen’s works, Le temps épanoui explores the materiality of the paint itself by successively layering opaque and translucent pigments. McEwen’s 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. However, by the time this canvas was painted, he had abandoned the palette knife completely, choosing instead to work directly with his hands.

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

Sold For: $16,000.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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