Artwork by Alexandra Luke,  Autumn
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #58

Alexandra Luke
Autumn

oil on canvas
signed lower right; titled on the reverse
41.25 x 31.5 ins ( 104.8 x 80 cms )

Estimated: $14,000.00 - $18,000.00

Provenance:
Elena Nagy Art Gallery, Montreal
Private Collection, Vancouver
Masters Gallery, Vancouver
James Rottman Fine Art, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto
Clement Greenberg had spoken kindly to Alexandra Luke in June 1957 and told her to be free, be herself. She had taken his words to heart. In making paintings such as “Autumn”, she thought of her own way of doing things. It involved spontaneity, the use of colour intervals, and a way of conveying form using shifting planes moving in space. Colour for her was a way of organizing volume. She had studied several times with Hans Hofmann from 1947 to 1952, and in time, they became friends.

Hofmann`s theories formed the underpinning of her art as did Jock Macdonald’s lessons about using the unconscious – without thought, which she began to use in small studies in 1948 and was trying to work into her larger paintings.

One more thing may have influenced her thinking in 1959, her membership in the G.I. Gurdjieff Study group. Along with the group, she had read and was pondering the mystical writings of P.D. Ouspensky. She has used these lessons well to discover a rich evocative power in painting the physical world around her, but for her the physical world was a springboard, not a wall.

“We are all asleep...how many of us look carefully and enjoy the beauty around us...we don’t see any more,” she told students. In this painting, we can see her looking, observing, thinking, reaching out to seek the miraculous in the everyday, as she had been told to do in Ouspensky and achieved in “Autumn”.

We extend our thanks to Joan Murray, Canadian art historian, for contributing the preceding essay.
Sale Date: May 28th 2019

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Alexandra Luke
(1901 - 1967) Painters Eleven

Alexandra Luke (Margaret McLaughlin) was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1901. She trained under Jock MacDonald and A.Y. Jackson at the Banff School of Fine Arts in 1945 and later in 1947 with Hans Hofmann in Provincetown, Massachuesetts.
In 1953 Luke was included in the formation of Painters Eleven; a diverse group of Canadian artists with a common commitment to abstraction and modernism. She exhibited with the group in Montreal, New York, and Toronto until they disbanded in 1960.