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LOT 020

1897 - 1960

Pulsing Sound
oil on board
signed and dated 1956 and on verso signed, titled and inscribed "4 Maple Ave, Toronto" / "26" / "29"
48 x 19 1/2 in 121.9 x 49.5 cm

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
An Important Estate, Toronto

Michelle Jacques et al., Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form, Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014, page 77

While living in British Columbia, Jock Macdonald had already been working with various styles of abstraction. Artist Maxwell Bates acknowledged his importance, stating: “Jock Macdonald must be regarded as a pioneer of automatic and abstract painting in Canada. He was the first artist in this country seriously and consistently to adopt the automatic process.” When Macdonald moved to Toronto in autumn of 1947, he became influenced by Abstract Expressionism. He took part in the important 1953 Abstracts at Home exhibition in the Simpsons department store, along with the artists who established Painters Eleven. He was a founding member of that group and participated in their inaugural show at Roberts Gallery in 1954.

Pulsing Sound is from this important Painters Eleven period. In physics, as sound vibrates the medium of air, it excites the molecules and causes displacement in various directions, forming waves. In tune with this idea, Macdonald’s painting explodes with fragments of black over blue and orange patches, while in counterpoint, the white ground is strongly marked with lines. Painted with heavy impasto, it is a richly textured surface. In both concept and execution, Pulsing Sound is an exciting and superlative work.

Estimate: $12,000 - $16,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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