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LOT 050

1922 - 2011

Quelque chose comme un drapeau qui flotte
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 20/1/1978/2
18 x 24 in 45.7 x 61 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Estate of the Artist

Jacques Renaud, “Pierre Gauvreau et le ressac automatiste / Pierre Gauvreau and the Automatist Undercurrent,” Vie des arts, vol. 23, no. 93, Winter 1978, page 102, https://www.erudit.org/fr/revues/va/1978-v23-n93-va1177726/54786ac.pdf, accessed February 17, 2021

Quelque chose comme un drapeau qui flotte, a most vibrant painting, was a departure from Pierre Gauvreau’s previous works in certain ways. In this work, he expanded on the influence of the Automatist movement, in which chaos of colour and form prevailed. Though the elements of this work are still layered, it is the geometrical flag shapes that centre the painting and allude to the notion of a lighter approach to form. Dated January 20, 1978, this work was created the same day as Entrée du pubis cobalt, which illustrated Jacques Renaud’s 1978 review in Vie des arts of Gauvreau’s show at Gilles Corbeil Gallery in Montreal. At the time, the “Born Painter” – as Paul- Émile Borduas called him – was discovering the joy of acrylic, which dries quickly and permits a greater freedom of improvisation, while having the same durability as oil. Quelque chose comme un drapeau qui flotte was kept at Gauvreau’s home for many years.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

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