La femme au collier
These portraits generally show no superfluous detail. However, he adds in this painting a pearl necklace on the subject. This frequent motif with Lemieux refers to the popular theme in Western painting. In fact, the necklace is a symbol of feminine vanity. Guy Robert explains that for Lemieux, the presence of the necklace goes beyond a statement about vanity. He would write “in Lemieux's painting, woman's vanity is no longer a simple question of make-up or showy jewelry. It becomes a refusal to submit to the ravages of time, an exorcism of the aging process and even the proclamation of a quality of being - a singular way of announcing one's person, beautifully and almost poetically".
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Jean-Paul Lemieux (1904 - 1990)
La femme au collier, c. 1985
Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal
Oil on canvas
Post-War Canadian art
40,6 x 30,5 cm | 16'' x 12''
Dimensions with frame
80 x 72,5 cm | 31,5'' x 28,5''