Canadian Fine Art

November 19, 2018

LOT 41

Lot 41


Lot 41 Details


oil on canvas
signed and dated /65
32 ins x 43 ins; 81.3 cms x 109.2 cms

Estimate $20,000-$30,000

Realised: $28,800
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Sale of Art, The Women’s Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Private Collection, Collingwood


Though not a signatory to the Automatistes’ manifesto - Lise Gervais (1933-1998) was only 15 years old when Paul-Émile Borduas published the Refus Global manifesto in 1948 - her practice is deeply influenced by their ideals of free expression and artistic independence.

The title of this work, D’Un Pole à l’Autre - From One Pole to Another - suggests that this movement is progressive or rhythmic, a stitch between two extremes or the pull of a magnetic attraction. Indeed, the work is fluidly rendered, comprised of widely textured marks of flat colour in a constrained palette of bold reds and interspersed with black - colours which Gervais would often return to. However, the clear divisions of colour are uneasy, and there is a softening of boundaries. Dominating the left of the image, a large void seems to disrupt the relative ease of the red ground by shooting across the frame. Scattered and diffuse, the turbulent disruption causes reds and blacks to push against each other in a splash of motion. There is no cold geometry here; only lyric sensation and brash energy, among the best of post-automatiste painting.


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LOT 41

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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