Artwork by Fernand Leduc,  Série Île de Ré (1951)
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Consignor Canadian Fine Art
326 Dundas St West
Toronto ON M5T 1G5
Ph. 1(416)479-9703

Lot #96

Fernand Leduc
Série Île de Ré (1951)

oil on card
signed and dated 1951 lower right
14.5 x 17.5 ins ( 36.8 x 44.5 cms )

Estimated: $14,000.00 - $18,000.00

Provenance:
Galerie d’art Yves Laroche, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal
Literature:
Lise Gauvin, Entretiens avec Fernand Leduc, suivis de Conversation avec Thérèse Renaud, Montreal, 1995, page 23
Born in Viauville, Quebec, Fernand Leduc joined the Automatistes while he was still a student at at the École des beaux-arts de Montréal, however as his work matured and developed, Leduc aligned more to the Plasticiens movement with a more orderly approach to abstract painting.

During trips to the Ile de Ré, in Charente, France, between 1950 and 1952, Leduc produced a series of works inspired by a friendship formed with the painter Jean Bazine whose art at this time was evolving and exploring the limitations and possibilities of abstracted landscapes. Through his works in “Série Ile de Ré (1951)”, explorations of colour, transparency and formal qualities of directional lines formed on the image plane were paramount. This work exemplifies gestural automatism where Leduc allowed his body to take control of the movement of the brushstrokes resulting in layers of soft blends and stain-like patterning of the composition. However, there is still a marked pictorial theme present in the work with visual references to the landscape with dark pigments possibly denoting a horizon line towards centre. The piece does not operate without the artist's intent nor does it lend to complete submission to the subconscious as many of the surrealist teachings were promoting during this period.

On his practice, Leduc recounted, “I do not close my eyes, I am here, I am present, I am a human being who reacts. I am moreover a painter; I have the eyes of a painter: I organize.” There is therefore a tension in this work straddling representation and abstraction as well as Automatiste and Plasticien practices.

Sale Date: May 28th 2019

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Fernand Leduc
(1916 - 2014) Les Automatistes, Les Plasticiens