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LOT 526

1933 - 2004

Quantificateur rouge
acrylic on canvas
on verso signed, dated 10/87 and inscribed "GMT-1987-05"
87 1/2 x 73 1/4 in, 222.2 x 186.1 cm

Available for post auction sale. CAD

PRICE: $73,250

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

The Guido Molinari Foundation, Montreal
Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Op Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, May 14, 2020, lot h017
Private Collection, Montreal

Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, Molinari et la couleur, December 10 - January 24, 2009
Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal, Espaces optiques, March 19 - May 2, 2020

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Guido Molinari explored the motif of multiple stripes that together amount to a monochromatic effect, which he referred to as Quantifiers. Here, Quantificateur rouge demonstrates extremely well the energetic power of red on its own. Upon close and attentive observation one can perceive that while indeed this is a monochromatic field, there is variation in the tonality of red. Molinari structured this composition in vertical bands with faint varying chromatic tones that reveal themselves from stripe to stripe, as subtle as a watermark. As such, the canvas is not static, but rather provides the viewer with room to move across the composition’s many very slight variations in tone. Variations in the width of each band, which are also slightly slanted, deliver an overall retinal experience that is nothing short of stunning.

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