Fine Prints & Photography Online Auction

October 06, 2016

LOT 32

Lot 32

Yves Gaucher (1934-2000)

Yves Gaucher (1934-2000)
Lot 32 Details
Yves Gaucher (1934-2000), Canadian


Colour embossed etching on heavy wove paper; signed, titled, “Ligne, Surface, Volume, / 2 /, dated ‘61 and numbered 7/25 in pencil to margin
Plate Irregular/Full Sheet 12" x 10.5" — 30.5 x 26.7 cm.; 19.75" x 13.25" — 50.2 x 33.7 cm.

Estimate $800-$1,200

Realised: $960
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Yves Gaucher (1934-2000)
  • Yves Gaucher (1934-2000)
  • Yves Gaucher (1934-2000)

Roald Nasgaard, Yves Gaucher: Life and Work, Art Canada Institute, 2005, unpaginated


“During the early 1960’s Gaucher’s imagery was vaguely representational; the shapes in prints ... resemble flagstones, sometimes overlapping or ... floating freely across the white ground. He made these prints using multiple irregular plates so that the individual images become self-contained forms that rise above the surface of the paper. The absence of plate marks precludes interpreting the paper surface as anything other than itself.”

The embossing technique was well suited to such a subtle interplay of lines and patterns. The relationship of the lines seems to favour the mathematical or phenomenological over artistic sensitivity or intuition. Simply, serial repetition alerted slightly to evoke a difference not necessarily a hierarchy. The image can be taken in and digested in a glance.


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LOT 32

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  • 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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