Quebec artist Jean McEwen is celebrated in Canada and abroad for his striking abstract paintings. McEwen’s unique paintings are a result of a synthesis of ideas arising from the artist’s early artistic milieu in Quebec, Paris and New York. McEwen followed a personal approach to his painting one that is formulated in the colour-structure relationship. Constance Naubert-Riser notes “What has been central to Jean McEwen’s approach in painting is the sensuality of his painting that has its source in the effects of coloured texture.” 1
Jean McEwen, 1969, Le Feu des Signes, No. 4, Traverse Pars un Vert,
acrylic on canvas, 12 in. x 12 in.,
signed and dated.
Signed, titled and dated verso.
Provenance: Exhibited at Galerie Joliet, Quebec, 1969.
Le Feu des Signes, No. 4 (reproduced above), painted by Jean McEwen in 1969, is a gorgeous atmospheric infused painting. In this painting McEwen demonstrates the pure effects of colour. A central band of pure, evenly-applied colour is framed by larger painted surface areas in which the two layers of contrasting colour interact. This series introduces a tension-producing variable that increases the vibration of the surface and accentuates the illuminating purple tones to create an almost moonlight lit interpretation of the midnight sky. 2
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1,2 Constance Naubert-Riser, Jean McEwen, Colour in Depth, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Quebec, 1987, pg.’s 39 and 47,