The Art of Canada Auction (Canadian Art)

May 30, 2016

LOT 156
ULYSSE COMTOIS
  • ULYSSE COMTOIS
  • ULYSSE COMTOIS
  • ULYSSE COMTOIS

156

ULYSSE COMTOIS

SANS-TITRE

oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘65
18 ins x 24 ins; 45.7 cms x 61 cms

Estimate $7,000-$9,000

Realised: $7,200
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Comtois briefly attended the École des beaux-arts de Montréal and was inspired by the Automatistes and their 1948 manifesto, Refus global. He joined the Automatistes for their last group show in 1954, but frequently found himself torn between the loose paint handling of the Automatistes and the hard-edged geometrical style of the Plasticiens. The brightly-coloured stripes in Sans-Titre echo his earlier experimentations with the theme and may have been influenced by Guido Molinari. In 1978, both Comtois and Molinari were chosen to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale.

Literature:

Cyndie Campbell, Ulysse Comtois: Photographs, Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2011.

Provenance:

Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

Additional Info:

Department: Canadian Fine Art
Medium: Paintings
Signed