LOT 057

Jean Albert McEwen
1923 - 1999

Colonne sans fin no. 3
oil on canvas
on verso signed, titled and dated 1-4-1962
40 x 60 in 101.6 x 152.4 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Toronto

The 1960s were a pivotal time period for Jean McEwen, and the pronounced vertical focus in the central column demonstrated here appears consistently in his work at this time. Colonne sans fin no. 3 is a key precursor to his work of 1963, in which the artist began centring his works with a cruciform. McEwen’s interest in the horizontal is already evident through his use of colour and texture to accentuate movement across the canvas. Throughout his career, the artist developed his understanding of the effects of colour and composition through his experimentation with techniques, materials and compositional formats. Contrasts between light and dark in this work result in a chiaroscuro effect that adds drama and depth to the composition. Glowing yellow illuminates the dark hues that lurk beneath it, and emphasizes the surface texture. The artist’s subtle use of purple, combined with the visible surface of the canvas along the margins, plays with the viewer’s perception of space and contributes to the sophisticated sense of depth that has been developed on this magnificent canvas.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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