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LOT 029

1933 - 2004

Triangle binaire bleu
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 4/73 and 1973
60 x 60 in 152.4 x 152.4 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $55,250

Preview at:

Estate of the Artist

Pierre Théberge, Guido Molinari, National Gallery of Canada, 1976, page 50

Guido Molinari once said of his own works that “the painting-environment sucks you in. A new type of space is created, fictional space because it happens in the mind and yet also involves the totality of perception.” This statement applies perfectly to the stunning Triangle binaire bleu, which engulfs us in its pictorial space. With a minimalist yet complex composition, this large acrylic on canvas embodies the artist’s decades of study on the relationship between colour and form, which is central to Molinari’s oeuvre. After years of experimenting in a vertical format with his Stripe paintings, he introduced triangular forms into his visual lexicon in the early 1970s, giving the name Triangulaires to his new series. Executed in 1973, Triangle binaire bleu is divided into four squares, each bisected diagonally to create two repeated groups of triangles: grey and kelly green, magenta and cyan. As our eyes move across the flat and opaque surface of the work, colours perform differently, depending on the neighbouring pigment. Using the simplest of means, Molinari has created a truly engaging and vibrant work of art.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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