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Jean Albert McEwen

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AANFM RCA
1923 - 1999
Canadian

Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)
oil on canvas
signed faintly and on verso signed, titled, dated 1972 and inscribed "9" and variously
50 x 50 in, 127 x 127 cm

CAD

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 135 Yorkville Ave

PROVENANCE
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

LITERATURE
Dennis Reid, A Concise History of Canadian Painting, third edition, 2012, pages 298 and 365

Jean McEwen takes his title from the evocative tone poem written by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler at the beginning of the twentieth century. Mahler’s rich musical score is echoed in the resonant colours of McEwen’s composition. The deeply layered earth colours in the central part of the work suggest the dense forms of the earth, and the vibrant reds on each side of the composition evoke the lava of the earth’s molten core. The sheer complexity of McEwen’s surfaces is seen when one compares the thinly painted lower section of the canvas with the denser upper section, which seems to descend across the canvas. McEwen provides a sense of narrative but it is a narrative that we, the viewer, must complete. If the earth moves in this work, it is a movement that we must find for ourselves. McEwen’s surfaces were variously described by the late art historian Dennis Reid as “burnished to the texture of old leather” and “transparent, vaporous concentrations of radiant colour”; both texts evoke Das Lied von der Erde. However, perhaps Reid’s most telling words are that “McEwen sought a rich, patina-like resonance in his work,” a phrase which completely applies to this vibrant painting.

Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information posted, errors and omissions may occur. All bids are subject to our Terms and Conditions of Business. Bidders must ensure they have satisfied themselves with the condition of the Lot prior to bidding. Condition reports are available upon request.

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AANFM RCA
1923 - 1999
Canadian

Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth)
oil on canvas
signed faintly and on verso signed, titled, dated 1972 and inscribed "9" and variously
50 x 50 in, 127 x 127 cm

CAD

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 135 Yorkville Ave

PROVENANCE
Marlborough-Godard, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

LITERATURE
Dennis Reid, A Concise History of Canadian Painting, third edition, 2012, pages 298 and 365

Jean McEwen takes his title from the evocative tone poem written by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler at the beginning of the twentieth century. Mahler’s rich musical score is echoed in the resonant colours of McEwen’s composition. The deeply layered earth colours in the central part of the work suggest the dense forms of the earth, and the vibrant reds on each side of the composition evoke the lava of the earth’s molten core. The sheer complexity of McEwen’s surfaces is seen when one compares the thinly painted lower section of the canvas with the denser upper section, which seems to descend across the canvas. McEwen provides a sense of narrative but it is a narrative that we, the viewer, must complete. If the earth moves in this work, it is a movement that we must find for ourselves. McEwen’s surfaces were variously described by the late art historian Dennis Reid as “burnished to the texture of old leather” and “transparent, vaporous concentrations of radiant colour”; both texts evoke Das Lied von der Erde. However, perhaps Reid’s most telling words are that “McEwen sought a rich, patina-like resonance in his work,” a phrase which completely applies to this vibrant painting.

Estimate: $50,000 - $60,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

Although great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information posted, errors and omissions may occur. All bids are subject to our Terms and Conditions of Business. Bidders must ensure they have satisfied themselves with the condition of the Lot prior to bidding. Condition reports are available upon request.

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