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Jean Albert McEwen
1923 - 1999
THREE STRIPES
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60
Jean Albert McEwen
1923 - 1999
THREE STRIPES
Estimate
15,00020,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Jean Albert McEwen
1923 - 1999
THREE STRIPES
signed and dated '65 lower right; signed, indistinctly titled, dated and inscribed Mais que pour marcher droit Tu chausses, Muse, un cothurne étroit, Gauthier on the reverse
acrylic oil on canvas
132 by 117 cm.
52 by 46 in.
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Provenance

Private Collection, Toronto

Literature

Constance Naubert-Riser, Jean McEwen: Colour in Depth, Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, Montréal, 1987, p. 47.  

Catalogue Note

Three Stripes from 1965 represents a unique and experimental moment in McEwen's oeuvre, a progressive period during which he challenged himself creatively by integrating acrylic paint into his practice, an experiment that worked to very successful effect.

As Constance Norbert-Riser notes, the inherently matte acrylic paint used through the centre of the composition "introduces a tension-producing variable that increases the vibration of the surface and accentuates the iridescent effects" of the contrasting, layered side stripes. 

The inscription on the reverse is from a poem by Théophile Gauthier (1811-1872) entitled "L'Art" from Emaux et Camées (1852).

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