Canadian Fine Art

November 18, 2019

LOT 20
JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, R.C.A.
  • JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, R.C.A.
  • JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, R.C.A.
  • JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, R.C.A.

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JEAN PAUL LEMIEUX, R.C.A.

JEUNE FILLE SUR FOND JAUNE, 1961

oil on canvas
signed and dated '61; titled to the stretcher
9.88 ins x 7.88 ins; 25.1 cms x 20 cms

Estimate $25,000-$35,000

Realised: $48,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

This portrait was produced in the middle of Lemieux’s classical period, characterised by space and bare, simplified subjects. Jeune Fille sur Fond Jaune is an exceptional example of this time — a stoic face on a vast background presenting something both boundless and immediate. There is a sense that she will dissolve into the background entirely, the bright yellow radiating from behind her.

The girl’s face, however, is direct to the point of starkness: her eyes are chips of coal under a blunt fringe of hair, anchoring her gaze to the luminous field of yellow. The painting hovers in a guileless balance, the figure elided with the ground — perhaps underscored by the playful jeune-jaune rhyme of the title — while suggesting a moment of reflection in isolation.

Provenance:

Acquired directly from the artist, 1962
By descent to Private Collection, Quebec City