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LOT 007

1904 - 1990

Nord Est
mixed media on paper on canvas
signed, titled and dated 1972
14 x 16 1/2 in 35.6 x 41.9 cm

Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie Bernard Desroches, Montreal
Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montreal
Prominent Private Collection, Montreal

Guy Robert, Lemieux, 1975, page 180

"The realm of 'elsewhere' as explored by Lemieux often contains more than a hint of the sea, which should come as no surprise to those familiar with Baudelaire's dream-like poem, 'L'Invitation au voyage.' "

—Guy Robert

The beach and water in Nord Est are two separate stages, on which a figure with a dog and a distant ship move in opposite directions, surrounded by intense weather. There is a tension between them as they are at opposite ends of the canvas, about to sail and walk out of the scene. In the sky in between, whorls in the clouds express the stormy energy that whips the ocean into whitecaps, and the downward movement of a rain shower out to sea points in the direction of the figure. In keeping with the broody weather, Jean Paul Lemieux predominantly uses a limited palette of tones of grey, charcoal, gold and white.

There is something about the solitude of the walker and the faraway ship sailing to an unknown destination that is emotionally poignant. In Lemieux’s work, the dimension of time is also expressed. In Nord Est, as the ship and the walker move through space, they move through time. That Lemieux is able to suggest this in his pictorial space is alchemy.

This work will be included in Michèle Grandbois's forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work.

Estimate: $9,000 - $12,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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