Lot 98
JEAN ALBERT MCEWEN, R.C.A.

BEIGE, NOIR, BRUN
acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 1965; also signed and dated on the reverse, titled on the overflap and inscribed “Mais que pour marcher droit, Tu chausses Muse, un cothurne étroit - Gautier”
height 52.0" x width 46.0"
height 132.1 cm x width 116.8 cm


Est. $9000/12000
Realised: $11400
Auction Date: 11/20/2017


Provenance: Private Collection, Toronto

Note: The inscription on the reverse comes from a stanza in Theophile Gautier’s poem Art. There are many translations of this poem but one version interprets it as: “For false rules, we’ve no use! But to go straight as an arrow, Muse, your shoes need to be narrow.” Gautier (1811-1872) was, among other pursuits, a very highly esteemed poet, dramatist and art critic.


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