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”
52 ins x 46 ins; 132.1 cms x 116.8 cms
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.
Private Collection, Toronto