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LOT 029

Fernand Leduc
1916 - 2014

Rouge mitoyen
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1967 and on verso titled and dated
39 1/4 x 32 in 99.7 x 81.3 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $37,250

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

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

Roald Nasgaard, Abstract Painting in Canada, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 2007, page 204

In an interview given to the Montreal Gazette in 1965, Fernand Leduc stated, “It is most important to reach the highest level of intensity with the simplest means. I’m looking for the most intense colour so as to trigger the densest response and attain the strongest dynamism possible…Shape and colour must interact in such a way that both equally contribute to create a dynamic force.”
Rouge mitoyen is a dazzling manifestation of the artist’s understanding of form and colour. Its vibrant hues are emblematic of the artist’s investigations of chromatic relations and tensions. By juxtaposing three solid planes of brightly saturated red, crimson and indigo, he makes our eye dance from one shape to another as they seem to pulsate together. Leduc was a signatory of the 1948 Refus global manifesto, a historical document that signaled an important cultural shift in Quebec. His works have been included in solo and group shows in major institutions such as the Musée du Québec in Quebec City, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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