oil on canvas
signed, titled and dated on the reverse
54 ins x 28 ins; 137.2 cms x 71.1 cms
November is a superb demonstration of Deutsch’s treatment of colour to create immersive, energetic optical effects. The palette is pared-down to three colours: solid black, a rich magenta, and a very pale, almost phosphorescent yellow-green. The interplay of wavy patterns of lines suggests a hidden structure, barely perceived, creating a volatile interplay between foreground and background. Circular dots seem to be pierced hollows or vortices about which the rest of the painting hinges. The entire work is in fact mirrored on itself - the top is mirrored on the bottom - further emphasizing the destabilizing effect. Methodically planned and rigorously executed, this is an exceptional example of an under-recognized mid-century artist.
Gallery Moos Ltd., Toronto
Private Collection, Oakville