Artwork by Christian Marcel Barbeau,  La Neige De Ses Rires

Marcel Barbeau
La Neige De Ses Rires

acrylic on canvas
signed and dated 2001 lower right; signed, titled and dated 2001 on the reverse
21.25 x 28.75 ins ( 54 x 73 cms )

Sold for $8,740.00
Sale date: June 1st 2016

Private Collection, Toronto
“Limites Vertigineuse”, Galerie Bernard, Montreal, May 2002
Part of a series of acrylic works entitled “Impressions des cantons de l'est”, “La Neige De Ses Rires” is testament to Barbeau's transformative artistic practice. Without a signature style, Barbeau was in constant flux in his practice, ranging from gestural large scale painting with a paint brush attached to a pole, minimalist and abstract sculpture and hard-edge painting. In this way, the artist was on a constant journey seeking truth in practice, but focused on the transformations and transitions, rather than the definition of absolution. Here, interlocking shapes fill the image frame in bold and flat contrasting colours, seemingly floating in the blue background. There remains an illusionary quality to the work as the black shapes instinctively denote depth or relief for the viewer and thus a third plane, but the image indeed remains flattened in the two dimensional space of the canvas.

This artwork includes a copy of a 2005 photo certificate from the artist as well as a photograph of Barbeau with the work of art.

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Christian Marcel Barbeau
(1925 - 2016) Les Automatistes, RCA

Marcel Barbeau - painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, was born in Montreal in 1925. An active member of the Automatistes movement led by Paul-Emile Borduas, Barbeau is a widely exhibited, innovative artist. As well as studying drawing at the Ecole du meuble, Montreal, he worked with Borduas, architect Marcel Parizeau, and art historian Maurice Gagnon. He travelled extensively from 1962-74, living and exhibiting in Paris, New York, and California, and his style changed, moving from the lyrical abstracts of the Automatiste period towards a more geometric mode.

In the late 1970s he returned to the free-form, all-over surface activity that he had favoured before. By 1987, inspired by his sculpture and collages, his painting style changed again, moving back to hard edge forms in highly contrasted colours. He has won many awards, including the 1964 Royal Canadian Academy Zack Award and the 1994 Gold Medal in painting at the Jeux de la Francophonie in Paris.