ULYSSE COMTOIS “BLANC ET NOIR” SCULPTURE, 1966
Ulysse Comtois (1931-1999) was a renowned Québécois artist, whose career spanned over 40 years. While he worked in a number of different media and styles, Comtois sculptures, especially in wood, are exceedingly rare.
In 1948, Comtois briefly attended École des Beaux-arts in Montreal, dropping out and rejecting the rigidity and formality of the institution. Like many young artists interested in abstraction and the avant-garde, Comtois followed the spontaneity and liberation of the Automatistes. In 1954 he was included in the important exhibition, La matière chant.
However, by the 1960s, Comtois changed course in order to pursue sculpture achieving considerable success. He would represent Canada at the Venice Biennale in 1968.
This piece is emblematic of Comtois’ sculpture and his appetite for working with wood at the beginning of the 1960s. The distinct curvature in this work is magnified by the stark contrast of the black and white paint, creating a shifting perspective that is largely dependent on the viewer's vantage point. Furthermore, this work can be hung on the wall or placed on a flat surface - expanding the options for presentation and enjoyment.
The twists and turns in this piece are a prelude to Comtois’ later sculptural works, created with welded metal, a novel practice amongst Canadian artists at the time of introduction. Wood sculptures from this era by the artist are exceedingly rare and do not frequently come to market.
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“Blanc et Noir”
Signed and dated by the artist
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Note: price $6,000 CAD
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