Artwork by Christian Marcel Barbeau,  En marge

Marcel Barbeau
En marge

colour serigraph
signed, numbered 2/20 and inscribed indistinctly in the lower margin
25.25 x 19.5 ins ( 64.1 x 49.5 cms ) ( subject )

Sold for $1,416.00
Sale date: February 21st 2018

Galerie Roger Bellemare, Montreal
Private Collection, Toronto

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

Marcel Barbeau - painter, sculptor, and filmmaker, was born in Montreal in 1925. He started painting at the age of 19. He studied in the same class as Jean Paul Riopelle with whom he later shared a studio, and also was a pupil of Paul-Emile Borduas. He worked in a photographic studio waiting for an opportunity to paint full-time, a goal which he finally realized with the wider recognition of his work.

An active member of the Automatistes movement led by Paul-Emile Borduas, Barbeau was 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. His exhibitions have drawn interesting comments from Lawrence Sabbath who compares his large areas of white paint to the silent passages in American composer John Cage’s works.

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. Reviewing his retrospective showing at Scarborough College in 1969, Barry Lord noted, “Like many painters recently, he appears dissatisfied with the lack of an object in the colour field, and he is now intent on making the painting of an actual form without losing the literal values of the field.”

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 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.

Source: "A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, Volume I: A-F", compiled by Colin S. MacDonald, Canadian Paperbacks Publishing Ltd, Ottawa, 1977