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William Paterson Ewen

William Paterson Ewen

William Paterson Ewen
Post-War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Lot # 009

William Paterson Ewen
AANFM RCA 1925 - 2002 Canadian

Lifestream
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1959
14 1/8 x 18 1/4 in  35.9 x 46.4cm

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the Artist by Mireille and Bernard Lagacé, Montreal, circa 1960

Literature:
Matthew Teitelbaum, Paterson Ewen: The Montreal Years, Mendel Art Gallery, 1987, page 23

Painted in 1959, this work is part of Paterson Ewen’s Lifestream series, in which he developed his personal voice. A slender white horizontal band bisects mustard quadrangles, which add rhythm to the composition. The inner drama of the piece revolves around the flattened bands of colour, stretched across the canvas and demarcated by bold black outlines. This dramatic focus effectively emphasizes the horizontality of the work, suggesting a landscape. Art historian Matthew Teitelbaum wrote that with “a clear spatial organization which underlined the influence of the Plasticiens, and an earthy richness of color which recalled the Automatistes, the Lifestream works suggested a delicate traverse across space and through time.” Ewen’s lush fields of mustard, white, cobalt and teal, applied with great energy and in wide swathes of the brush, display his gestural prowess. With its strongly rhythmic composition and dynamic surface, this piece is a quintessential example from one of Ewen’s important series of works.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $25,000 CAD

Sold For: $37,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)


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