Canadian Fine Art
November 13 — 18, 2021
Auction begins to close at 7:00 pm ET
PAUL VANIER BEAULIEU, R.C.A.
Private Collection, Montreal, QC
Still life was an enduring and important subject for Beaulieu. Beaulieu, like many modernists, did not undertake still life with a view to replicating what lay before him, rather preferring to work from memory and imagination. Beaulieu’s essentials were line, form, and colour. Upon first glance, this painting appears distinctly botanical — perhaps a quince and a cluster of olives — yet there is something delightfully muscular about Beaulieu’s composition that also can be read as a heart and lungs. Perhaps this painting might be viewed as an ode to the power of the human body, or a comment on the singular oneness of flora and fauna.
Very good condition.
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