It’s Elemental: Line and Colour in Contemporary Art
October 24 - 29, 2020
MICHAEL J. KUCZER (1910-1975), Canadian
oil on canvas
signed and dated /65; signed, dated and inscribed "#J/65" on the reverse
20 ins x 48 ins; 50.8 cms x 121.9 cms
Winnipeg-born Kuczer picked up both the paintbrush and the violin at the age of seven. As a teenager, he received scholarships to the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the Royal Academy of Music. Kuczer chose music, but continued to paint (mainly landscapes and portraits) during his 20 years in the U.K. His painting career didn't truly begin until his return to Canada and his discovery of abstraction in 1949. Kuczer's paintings from the 1950s to the mid-60s were indebted to Cubism but, in this untitled work, a growing interest in harder-edge abstraction is felt in the broader expanses of colour and less representational composition.
We thank Bill Clarke for contributing this essay. Bill Clarke is a Toronto-based writer, editor, art collector and occasional curator.
Private Collection, Toronto