Lot # 337
Art d'après-guerre et contemporain Vente en ligne

Marion Florence S. MacKay Nicoll
ASA RCA 1909 - 1985 Canadian

Calgary I
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1964 indistinctly and on verso signed, titled and dated April 1964
45 x 54 pouces  114.3 x 137.2cm

Provenance:
Collection of Toronto-Dominion Bank, Calgary
Private Corporate Collection, Vancouver

Marion Nicoll is widely regarded as one of Alberta’s finest abstract painters. Known for her bold, simplified style, her work poetically captures the elemental aspects of the Albertan landscape and people. Nicoll studied at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto and then the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary (now ACAD), before becoming their first female instructor of craft and design in 1933. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, she maintained a traditional approach to representation, and painted almost exclusively naturalistic landscapes. Nicoll’s conversion to abstraction in the later part of her career was the result of two main influences: automatic drawing - as introduced by Jock MacDonald, and the 1957 Emma Lake workshop led by Will Barnett. Automatic drawing was a creative revelation to Nicoll - the Surrealist practise of spontaneous creation opened her mind to alternative forms of representation. She later recognized Barnett’s clean and basic forms and colours as the optimal form for her abstract representation, and trips to New York (1958) and Sicily (1959) solidified her commitment to working abstractly.

Nicoll’s abstract works always began with an experience of a place, object or person. In contrast with the emotional spontaneity of Abstract Expressionism, she was extremely thoughtful in her process of conceptualization. She would meditate on the experience, sketching and experimenting to distill its essential aspects. By the 1960s, Nicoll had begun to establish her own visual vocabulary of carefully arranged spheres, totemic figures or hieroglyphic shapes. She avoided colour gradation, instead favouring interlocking forms, imbuing her work with a sense of sureness and clarity. In Calgary I, shapes of rich blue and maroon are contained within the stark neutral bands. Densely filling their boundaries, the action of the interlocking shapes seem to push to expand: Nicoll’s abstract representation of the experience of containment.

Estimation:

10,000 $ ~ 15,000 $ CAN

 
Enchère finale: 27,500 $ CAN
Historique des enchères
# De palette Date Prix $
1824 26/9/2019 11:17:54 27,500 $
9404 26/9/2019 11:11:04 25,000 $
1824 25/9/2019 16:01:58 22,500 $ En.aut.
8148 25/9/2019 16:01:58 20,000 $
1824 25/9/2019 14:40:33 19,000 $ En.aut.
8148 25/9/2019 14:00:20 18,000 $
9404 25/9/2019 9:49:58 17,000 $
8148 25/9/2019 9:41:22 16,000 $
29718 14/9/2019 16:09:32 15,000 $
1824 14/9/2019 16:08:35 14,000 $ En.aut.
29718 14/9/2019 16:08:35 13,000 $
1824 14/9/2019 16:03:56 12,000 $ En.aut.
29718 14/9/2019 16:03:56 11,000 $
1824 14/9/2019 16:02:01 10,000 $ En.aut.
29718 14/9/2019 16:02:01 9,500 $
1824 14/9/2019 16:01:05 9,000 $ En.aut.
29718 14/9/2019 16:01:05 8,500 $
1824 13/9/2019 19:17:03 8,000 $ En.aut.
9404 6/9/2019 15:16:56 7,500 $

Tous les prix sont en dollars canadiens.

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