Jack Bush R.C.A.

November #16, 1956

watercolour on paper
24.5x30 in.
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Provenance
Jack Bush, 1956-1974;
Park Gallery, Toronto, 1958;
Estate of Jack Bush, 1974-2005;
Miriam Shiell Fine ARt, Toronto, 2005;
Newzones Contemporary Art Gallery, 2005;
Private collection, Calgary;
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary;
Private collection, Calgary, 2013;
Private collection, British Columbia, 2015

Exhibited
Jack Bush: New Paintings, Park Gallery, Toronto, 1958, related exhibition pamphlet, cat. no. 28, n.p.;

In the fall of 1956, during the month of November, Jack Bush was working on a series of watercolours wherein pale shades of primary colours were first laid down, then partly obliterated by a large area of dense, saturated black applied over these colours. Upon receiving the news of the death of his fellow Painters Eleven artist Oscar Cahén, who had died in an horrific car accident at the age of forty, the black intensified in an expression of grief. According to Sarah Stanners, the Canadian authority on Jack Bush, the November #18 – November #22 works comprise the Oscar’s Death series. This work, November #16, seems to foretell the tragedy.

John Hamilton Bush, “Jack,” painter (b at Toronto 20 Mar 1909; d there 24 Jan 1977). Jack Bush was raised in London and Montréal, where he worked initially as a commercial artist in his father’s Montréal firm, Rapid Electro Type Company. In 1928 he moved to the Toronto office of…