Concrete Contemporary Art Online Auction

April 13, 2017

LOT 51

Lot 51

WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. (1926-1998)

WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. (1926-1998)
Lot 51 Details
WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. (1926-1998)


acrylic on canvas
signed and dated /81; inscribed with title and “R-82” on the backing
12 ins x 16 ins; 30.5 cms x 40.6 cms

Estimate $3,000-$4,000

Realised: $4,500
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

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WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. (1926-1998)
  • WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. (1926-1998)
  • WILLIAM RONALD, R.C.A. (1926-1998)

Private Collection, Toronto


Breaking through the tradition of conventional Canadian landscape paintings by the Group of Seven and others, Painters Eleven founder William Ronald relocated to New York to work alongside Hans Hofmann who was famous for the “push and pull” theory which stated that movement is created by the interaction of warm and cool colors. In 1955, Roberts Gallery exhibited the first Painters Eleven show which was extremely successful - abstraction and Ronald’s thick and aggressive brushstrokes became recognized as a new direction in Canadian art. After a decade in New York - working with Frank Stella and a contract with Kootz Gallery - Ronald returned to Toronto and continued his career as a prolific abstract painter.


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LOT 51

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