William Perehudoff



William Perehudoff (1918-2013) is one of the most cherished and collected Canadian abstract painters. His work is a prime example of how color field painting was expressed in Canada. Like some of his contemporaries, he was encouraged and guided by legendary New York critic Clement Greenberg.

Perehudoff is known for his simple and exuberant canvases that celebrate color. He spent several summers at the University of Saskatchewan's legendary Emma Lake Artist's Workshop where he worked and studied with Jules Olitski and Kenneth Noland during the 1960s. 

This uplifting work on paper is classic Perehudoff. A dense field of unmodulated coral fills the page, serving as a backdrop to softened geometric shapes that are freely arranged in a playful palette of cotton candy, canary yellow, bright seafoam, and blood orange. The minimalistic nature of this piece is further emphasized by its flat composition, a definitive characteristic throughout Perehudoff's oeuvre.

During his lifetime, Perehudoff had recognition across Canada (and beyond). Today his works can be found in major public collections across the country. Even during his heyday, Perehudoff stayed in Saskatchewan preferring to paint at his family's farm.

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"Arcturus 41"

Gouache on paper

Signed by the artist bottom right

21.75"H 21"W (work) 

Very good condition

$12,500 CAD

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