LOT 001

Jean Albert McEwen
1923 - 1999

Verticale traversant l'orange
oil on canvas
on verso signed, dated 1964 and inscribed indistinctly
20 x 18 in 50.8 x 45.7 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $52,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist
By descent to the present Private Collection, Montreal

This painting and lot 2 in this sale were acquired directly from the artist by his doctor, who would have had his choice of the best works from the studio. Verticale traversant l'orange is a jewel – its surface aglow with the light and warmth of gold and brilliant orange. It is a fine example of Jean McEwen’s mastery as a colourist and his keen awareness of the relationship of colour to two-dimensional space. The central vertical line bisects a swirling colour field, whose tendrils of orange and gold curl over the line. McEwen has created a dynamic tension in which the two halves are defined by the line, yet these two fields threaten to engulf it and become one. McEwen layers his paint and these layers breathe through each other, giving depth and dynamism to the colour fields, which move like clouds. The use of bright hues over dark creates an incandescent surface that is pushed forward by the mysterious backdrop, exhibiting McEwen’s acute sensitivity to colour and space.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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