MARIAN MILDRED DALE SCOTT
acrylic on canvas
23.5 ins x 35.5 ins; 59.7 cms x 90.2 cms
Dating from the mid- to late- 1960s, this lot exemplifies Scott’s continuous effort to refresh her practice. According to Trépanier, during this period one of Scott’s main goals was “to explore authentically modernist composition and structure.” Trépanier writes: “this new phase was undoubtedly a reflection of the growing attention being paid to plasticiens issues within the Montreal art milieu.”
Using an irregular grid to structure her compositions, Scott employed bright colours “to embrace a new form of geometric abstraction, neither rigidly hard-edge nor dependent on the visual effects of op art.”
These fluid grid compositions were subdivided into triangular shapes and occasionally “a broader white area at the centre of the network of lines create(d) an almost floral effect,” as can be seen in this lot.
Esther Trépanier, Mildred Dale Scott: Pioneer of Modern Art, Musée du Québec, Québec, 2000, pages 228-230.
Private Collection, Toronto