Canadian Fine Art

November 1318, 2021
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LOT 50

Lot 50


Lot 50 Details

ABSTRACT 37, 1957

oil on canvas
signed and dated '57; signed and dated '57 on the reverse
50.25 ins x 40.25 ins; 146.1 cms x 113.7 cms

Estimate $30,000-$50,000

Realised: $18,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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Patrimoine Marcil, Geneva, Switzerland


Accompanied with impeccable provenance and authenticity, Waddington’s presents two major works by Marcil, “Abstract # 44”, 1958 and “Abstract # 37”, 1957. Both works were created in Paris at his studio on rue Séguier, Quai des Grands-Augustins.

While living in Paris, Marcil became a Montparno, a name for the artists and intellectuals who were regulars at the Montparnasse cafés and restaurants such as La Closerie des Lilas and brasserie La Coupole. He enjoyed discussions with his peers including Sonia Delaunay amongst others. 

Marcil evolved towards Abstract Geometric and Abstract Figurative creating paintings composed of structured and irregular forms. Using his vivid Fauvist colour palette, Marcil achieved a striking balance between form, colour and space. He would often say, “for me, abstract and figurative are one of the same.’’

The Van Diemen-Lilienfeld Galleries, 57th Street at Madison Avenue, New York exhibited Marcil’s work from the mid-1950s until its closure in the mid-1960s. Curator Elizabeth Flinn from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, refers to Marcil’s work as ‘’poetic in color and composition.’’ Artworks by Marcil were included in a Modern Art group exhibition alongside paintings by Pollock and Magritte.

James Johnson Sweeney, director of The Solomon Guggenheim Museum, in a letter to Marcil on May 9, 1956 commented that “the free handling of your broad color area was very happy.’’

Works by Marcil are present in the Collections Nationales de France, Ministère de la Culture de France, Musée des Arts Décoratifs at the Louvre, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and in the Sweeney collection.

A joyful post war artwork, “Abstract # 37”, reminiscent of a metropolis, is a perfect example of Marcil moving away from Neoplasticism towards Abstract Geometric as demonstrated by his use of structured shapes and colour balance. La Coupole's symmetrical, streamlined Art Deco environment and Sonia Delaunay’s use of strong colours and geometric shapes quite possibly inspired Marcil in creating this work.

Waddington’s thanks the Patrimoine Marcil for contributing the above essay.


Very good condition.

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