Artwork by Marian Mildred Dale Scott,  Abstraction

Marian M.D. Scott

oil on board
signed and dated 1948 lower right
24 x 20 ins ( 61 x 50.8 cms )

Auction Estimate: $6,000.00$4,000.00 - $6,000.00

Price Realized $5,520.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Private Collection, Montreal
A playful abstract work, Marian Dale Scott references her affinity for abstracted figural works like her “Facade” series in “Abstraction” (1948). Completed the same year the artist was the president of the Contemporary Arts Society of Montreal as well as the same year Refus global was published, the viewer can see the beginnings of nonconformist abstraction in this composition. Influenced by her colleague, Paul-Émile Borduas, the limited black and white colour palette accentuates the graphic line work which references figural studies, without being overtly figural. Later developing her oeuvre to non-representational abstraction rooted in the Automatiste principles, this artwork gives nod to the artist's process and growth in a tumultuous period of art in Canada. Both playful and subversive, “Abstraction” is an interesting example of not only abstract painting within Quebec and Canada, but also the role of women artists in a field dominated by their male counterparts.

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Marian Mildred Dale Scott
(1906 - 1993) Canadian Group of Painters, RCA

Born Marian Mildred Dale in Montreal, Quebec in 1906, Dale Scott began her artistic training at age eleven at the Art Association of Montreal. She then attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal for three years and continued her training at the Slade School in London, England.

Dale Scott explored a wide range of subjects including landscapes, urban scenes, the human form, botanicals, and geometric abstraction as her career progressed. Her approach was also varied, stressing structure and organization, and then impulsive and gestural.