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LOT 033

William Ronald
1926 - 1998

Rhythms #2
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1958
43 1/4 x 41 in 109.9 x 104.1 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Sold for: $28,125

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Acquired directly from the Artist by the present Private Collection, Toronto

William Ronald was a founding member of the abstractionist group Painters Eleven, formed in 1953 in Toronto. Ronald had traveled to New York in 1952, and by 1955 he felt compelled to return, as the city was a hotbed of contemporary developments in art. Robert Hale, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was a friend who introduced him to influential people and arranged for him to sublet painter Larry Rivers’s studio. Ronald would remain in New York and its environs until 1965, and being there reinvigorated his painting. He achieved considerable success there, and his work was taken on by the renowned Kootz Gallery. In 1957 he moved to a studio in Kingston, New Jersey, and affected by his natural surroundings, his previous motif of red and black central forms evolved, becoming more organic and amorphous and infused with rich colour. Rhythms #2 is a powerful work from this vital period. Clusters of shapes created by Ronald’s fluid brushwork interact, flow and condense into the centre. Active yet harmonious, hovering above a textural colour-field background, Ronald’s energized form creates an indelible impression.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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