Marcelle Ferron


Marcelle Ferron (1924-2001) is one of the most important female artists from Quebec. A master of abstraction, she is one of two women who signed the Refus Global in 1948 and exhibited with Les Automatises. Her reputation goes beyond Montreal, with recognition across the country and beyond. 

Although Ferron was one of the key members of the Automatistes, in 1953 she decamped to Paris for 13 years. Despite working in Europe, she maintained the aesthetic philosophy and approach of her Automatiste colleagues. Ferron returned to Montreal during a time of great change, energy, and creativity as the city prepared for Expo67

This grand painting is an exceptional example of her style. Ferron is a master colorist and often employs a "sweeping" technique with a palette knife, or something comparable, to create contrasts and texture. Broad, angular strokes of complementary green and red shades fill the piece and are expertly layered with shorter, rhythmic licks of color, a technique indicative of Ferron’s signature aesthetic. 

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Canada, 1973 

Oil on canvas

Signed and dated lower left 

45"H 57"W

Detailed condition report by request

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