Formes oubliées [Forgotten Forms]

Paul-Émile Borduas

BIRTH YEAR 1905
BIRTH PLACE Saint-Hilaire, Quebec
DEATH YEAR 1960
DEATH PLACE Paris, France

Influenced by Surrealism, Canadian artist Paul-Émile Borduas founded the Automatiste movement in Montreal in the 1940s, a movement that prized intellectual freedom and was inspired by creating art with the subconscious mind. Painting with spontaneous gesture and abstract form, Borduas later moved to New York City, where he was further inspired by the American Abstract Expressionists. Borduas’ final compositions, including this work, were all done in stark black and whites; a calligraphic reflection of his desire for a sojourn to Japan.

MEDIUM Oil on linen
DATE 1958
DIMENSIONS 61cm x 50.2cm x 2.5cm
ACCESSION NUMBER FAC 0067
CREDIT LINE Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, the Ottawa Art Gallery Donated to the City of Ottawa by the Ontario Heritage Foundation
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION
An abstract of predominantly black and white blocks of colour, with pink accents, all done in heavy impasto.

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