NORMAN LALIBERTE "JUDGEMENT" 1966

Norman Laliberte is as well known for his eclectic and allegorical paintings as he is for his expert design and large-scale commercial installations.

Laliberte first gained recognition in 1964, when he served as the design consultant for the Vatican Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. He has since secured freelance consultation and production work for prestigious clients (from IBM to Standard Oil), whilst maintaining his unique and committed approach to visual art. 

Laliberte was born in 1925, to French Canadian parents in Worcester, Massachusetts. He spent his youth in Montreal, before returning stateside and attending the Institute of Design in Chicago.  There, Laliberte began to develop a signature style, often utilizing bright colors, representational figures and symbols, and disparate compositional elements. 

 Judgement (1966) reflects Laliberte’s descriptive and highly idiosyncratic take on figuration. While there are allusions to Picasso, Buffet and even Philip Guston, Laliberte's style is truly his own. It is worthwhile to note that at the time of Judgement’s inception  (1960’s – 70’s), the focus of Lalibertie’s contemporaries was on Minimalism, abstraction, and conceptual art. Laliberte’s reluctance to follow the status quo reveals his commitment and discipline as an artist. 

This work, like many of Laliberte's finest, has a curious ambiguity. Is this a circus scene? Or is this a fantastical representation of something more sinister? 

Norman Laliberte continues to live and work in Nahant, Massachusetts. He is represented by Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal. 

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Marker and pastel on paper

Signed and dated by the artist

25”H 19”W (work)

28"H 22”W (frame)

In original artist designed frame

Very good condition 

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