Canadian Fine Art Auction

November 23, 2015

LOT 66
LÉON BELLEFLEUR
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LÉON BELLEFLEUR

DES RÊVES ET DU HASARD NO. 7 (SÉRIE DE 10)

oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘88; also signed, titled and dated on the reverse
50 ins x 40 ins; 127 cms x 101.6 cms

Estimate $15,000-$18,000

Realised: $44,840
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

“There are so many things that are beyond us, that are behind us in all kinds of pasts, in store for us in futures we know nothing about, and all around us, in every direction.” – Léon Bellefleur

Realized between 1987 and 1988, Des rêves et du hasard has been referred to by Bellefleur specialist Guy Robert as the most ambitious of the painter’s career. Painted in the artist’s 78th year, the series, of which this work is a part, is in many ways the culmination of Bellefleur’s long dialogue with chance.

Pale droplets of pinks, purples, and whites spin around the painting, making their way to its centre as though drawn in by a vortex.

Sold to benefit Historica Canada.

Literature:

Guy Robert, Bellefleur: The Fervour of the Quest, Iconia, Montreal, 1988, pages 9, 63, and 142, reproduced in colour.

Provenance:

Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection, Montreal