René Marcil

René Marcil (b. 1917, Montreal - d. 1993, Toronto). He was educated at the École des Beaux Arts in Montreal from 1931-1935, and in the tradition of many other aspiring North American artists, he studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris in the early 1950s. Other well-known alumni from this school include Canadian artists Jean-Paul Riopelle and Julien Hébert, and American artists Alexander Calder,  Hans Hoffman, Nat Mayer Shapiro, among others.

Between 1941 and 1991 Marcil lived in New York City, Paris, London, and southern France. Composition was painted during the tumultuous London years, when he was exploring the inner-self and confronting existential dramas. This gouache on paper exemplifies Marcil's fascination with colour theory and abstraction during this time.

Marcil pinned up the paper he was working on while he painted or sketched; pinholes in the corners of these works on paper are indicative of the artist's creative process.

 

René Marcil
Composition
Gouache on paper
Signed lower right
1971
16.5 x 23.35 in
$4,500

 René Marcil Still Life Pastel on paper Signed lower right 1968 16.5 x 23.25 in $3,000

René Marcil
Still Life
Pastel on paper
Signed lower right
1968
16.5 x 23.25 in
$3,000

 René Marcil Three Figures Ink on paper (sketch on verso, shown below) Signed, dated lower left 1968 16.5 x 23.25 in $1,800

René Marcil
Three Figures
Ink on paper (sketch on verso, shown below)
Signed, dated lower left
1968
16.5 x 23.25 in
$1,800

 Verso sketch. See left for artwork details.

Verso sketch. See left for artwork details.

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