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LOT 061

Lise Gervais
1933 - 1998

Les jeux solaires
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1964 and on verso signed and titled on the gallery label
40 x 40 1/4 in 101.6 x 102.2 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $43,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

John Schweitzer Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto

The richly textured and chromatic surface of Lise Gervais’s Les jeux solaires perfectly demonstrates the sense of energy that she infused into her painting. Although too young to be a signatory of the 1948 Refus global manifesto (she was only 15 when it was published), Gervais was an ardent devotee of the Automatist movement. The group’s use of expressive and instinctive brushwork especially appealed to her personal interest in texture and materiality. Here, bold swatches of saffron, yellow and black seem to erupt across the canvas, over a crisp white background. The vertical expanses of flaming orange and yellow glow like incandescent embers from the white plane, creating a palpable tension in the composition. Although carefully applied onto the surface of the work, those areas of colour are taut with the intuitive energy of the Automatist touch. Gervais expertly manipulates these vibrant hues in smooth impastos to create a highly dynamic and riveting composition.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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