ORANGE ET ROUGE, 1966
oil on canvas
signed, titled, and dated '66 to the stretcher
39 ins x 39 ins; 99.1 cms x 99.1 cms
Denis Juneau was an important figure in the second generation of Plasticiens, focusing his practice entirely on exploring pure abstraction with an emphasis on the usage of colour. Working in both painting and sculpture (he held a particular interest in metalwork and goldsmithing) it’s his canvases that most boldly argue for his rigorous treatment of geometry and chromatic experimentation. Expunged of all referent, hard-edged colour becomes the dominant mode of expression. Orange et rouge ably showcases the dynamism he is able to achieve with a minimal palette: two colours are telescoped into a kaleidoscopic lens, creating a billowing, flowing sense of magnified movement.
Galerie de Siècle, Montreal
Private Collection, Oakville