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LOT 062

Marcelle Ferron
1924 - 2001

oil on canvas, circa 1965
signed and on verso inscribed "F" faintly
10 1/2 x 14 in 26.7 x 35.6 cm

Estimate: $18,000 - $24,000

Sold for: $20,000

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Sold sale of Important Canadian Art, Sotheby's Canada in association with Ritchie's, May 29, 2006, lot 129
Private Collection, Toronto

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 78

After a period of working on her own, in 1946 Marcelle Ferron fortuitously met Paul-Émile Borduas, considered the theoretician of the Automatist group in Montreal. He invited her to attend the École du meuble art school, and his advice affected the direction of her work. Ferron was the last to join the Automatist group, and she signed their manifesto Refus global in 1948. As Roald Nasgaard wrote, she “remained faithful to Automatiste gesture throughout her career,” using a palette knife to apply lush strokes of thick paint across her surfaces. In Untitled, Ferron’s active, gestural paint work creates layers and textures, and her use of a rich colour palette over a cream ground pushes her paint-strokes of green, orange, brown and red forward. It is an exciting work that engages our eye in movement across a surface crackling with vitality.
Ferron attained international exposure for her work – she lived in Paris from 1953 to 1965, and her work was in important group shows such as the 77th Annual Spring Exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1960 and the Bienal de São Paulo in 1961.

Estimate: $18,000 - $24,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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