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LOT 009

Marcelle Ferron
AANFM AUTO CAS QMG RCA SAAVQ SAPQ
1924 - 2001
Canadian

Sans titre
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1961 and on verso inscribed "335" and "101"
18 1/8 x 15 in 46 x 38.1 cm

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Preview at: Design Exchange

PROVENANCE
Collection of Harry Craimer (1910 – 2008), Montreal
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal


Despite being a member of the Automatist revolution and a signatory of the historic Refus global manifesto, Marcelle Ferron struggled to find acceptance as an artist in Quebec. She left for Paris in 1953, when the city was experiencing a surge of post-war energy and attracting international artists, including some of Montreal’s finest. Alongside contemporaries such as Paul-Émile Borduas and Jean Paul Riopelle, Ferron’s grand use of scale and vivid colours brought her success in the Parisian art community. Ferron bought and ground her own pigments by hand, which are a mark of her paintings, as in this piece, with its brilliant hues of purple and blue.

Despite its modest scale, Ferron has crafted a dynamic and spontaneous composition by using a palette knife to drag, scrape and push paint across the canvas. Created during the prime of her career, the same year she was awarded the Silver Medal at the 1961 Bienal de São Paulo, this work demonstrates her ability to make paint seemingly glow from within, foreshadowing her eventual triumphs in stained glass upon her return to Canada in 1966 as an acclaimed artist of international stature.


Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars


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