YVES GAUCHER "RB/PS3" PAINTING, 1990
Yves Gaucher (1934-2000) is one of Quebec's most important and influential printmakers and painters.
Like Harold Town, Gaucher first established his reputation as a printmaker in the late 1950's.
Less than a decade later Gaucher focused on painting, aligning himself with other hard-edge abstract painters in Montreal (who along with Guido Molinari would be known as Les Plasticiens)
Paintings by these artists posses an elusiveness or activity that their American counterparts never realized.
Caviar20 highly recommends this article that contrasts Les Plasticiens efforts to what was happening in New York City during the late 1950's and into the sixties.
When one engages with the color and composition there is something unstable and varying - as opposed to the visceral immediacy of a painting by, for example Kenneth Noland.
Gaucher would represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1966 (along with Alex Colville and Sorel Etrog) and continue to have an illustrious career.
This painting is a paradigm of his Barnett Newman-influenced minimalism.
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"RB / PS3"
Acrylic on canvas
Signed, titled and dated 1990 by the artist verso.
20”H 48”W (work)
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