oil on canvas
signed and dated ‘65
18 ins x 24 ins; 45.7 cms x 61 cms
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.
Cyndie Campbell, Ulysse Comtois: Photographs, Ottawa: National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2011.
Canadian Fine Arts, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto