Young man with hat
The artist devoted himself to the atmospheric effect rather than to the anecdote, by simplifying the composition and using contours. This firm, simple and contrasting form of the background makes the character immobile and brings stability in space-time.
For the portraits, Jean-Paul Lemieux wishes to eliminate any overload. Marie Carani will explain, speaking of her portraits: "We immediately note a desire to eliminate the overload of precise features in the faces: detailed hair, glasses or other attributes; there remains only the most basic possible rendering. same simplification affects the clothes: buttons, pockets, seams, patterns. These accessories give way to a rudimentary envelope of a single piece of fabric which encloses the gestures, suggesting the essential behaviors, delivering the characters in their being, evoking their emotions in front of the situations."
CARANI MARIE, Lemieux, Musée du Québec - Les publications du Québec, page 174.
Young boy with a hat is published in the book titled Lemieux written by Guy Robert at Editions Stanké, page 171.
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Jean-Paul Lemieux (1904 - 1990)
Young man with hat , 1962
Galerie Cosner au Ritz-Carlton Montréal
Oil on canvas
Post-War Canadian art
48,8 cm x 33 cm / 19,2'' x 13''
Dimensions with frame
72 cm x 54,8 cm / 28,4'' x 21,6''
Signed and dated 62 lower right