FERNAND LEDUC “UNTITLED” PASTEL, 1966
Fernand Leduc (1916-2014) is one of the most influential Québécois painters of the 20th century.
Leduc explored abstract painting throughout his career. Early on, Leduc joined Les Automatistes and signed the Refus Global in 1948. Consistent with their approach and philosophy, he created spontaneous and gestural pieces. However by the late 1950's he reoriented his aesthetic and was one of the key members of Les Plasticiens, who favored Mondrian-like organization.
Though his artistic approach was never rigid, constantly evolving with the times, Leduc’s commitment to exploring the intersection of light and color was the foundation of his work and the cornerstone of his legacy.
This piece is exemplary of Leduc's work of the 1960s when his hard-edged approach softened. In this era, he embraces freer, rounded forms, and notably omitting the use of right angles. Leduc’s minimalist compositions call attention to his bold palette and showcase luminous fields of color, a prelude to the monochrome canvases of his later years.
This delightful work on paper is a paradigm of Leduc's best period complemented with excellent provenance.
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Oil pastel on paper
Authenticated by the Leduc family verso
12.5"H 9.5"W (work)
Detailed condition report by request.
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