Jean Paul Lemieux R.C.A.

Jeune Fille en Rouge, 1958

oil pastel on paper
11x7.5 in.
$69,000 Cdn.

Private collection, Toronto;
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary;
Private collection, Edmonton

In the mid-1950s, Lemieux entered a phase of his career that is referred to by scholars as his “Classic Period” (1). His work from about 1956 – 1970 saw the artist focusing on the figure, and lonely portraits set against flat fields with simple horizons dominated his practice. The result of this shift was a series of haunting works, and Lemieux is perhaps best well known for them. Deceptively minimal, works like Jeune Fille en Rouge read like found photographs, and his figures are loaded with ideas of isolation and solitude. As his career progressed into the 60s and 70s, Lemieux’ works would become imbued with more and more emotional and personally charged content.

Jean-Paul Lemieux, painter (b at Québec C, Qué 18 Nov 1904; d at Montréal, Qué 7 Nov 1990). Lemieux’s artistic universe is often classified as one of northern landscapes, flat, barren and infinite, but this preoccupation was only one characteristic of his work. He attended the École des beaux-arts in…