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Paul-Émile Borduas

14.48, or Glorious Cemetery

Artist

Paul-Émile Borduas
Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, 1905 – Paris 1960

Title

14.48, or Glorious Cemetery

Date

1948

Materials

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

65 x 80.9 cm

Credits

Gift of Mr. Denis Noiseux and Mrs. Magdeleine Desroches-Noiseux, inv. 2004.162

Collection

Quebec and Canadian Art

Glorious Cemetery is illustrated in the Refus global. The composition's construction, with objects detached from a background that recedes into infinity, makes it a classic example of Borduas' Automatisme. Inspired by Surrealism and André Breton's concept of automatic writing, Borduas approached his work with no preconceived idea and painted instinctively. Since the slow drying properties of oil paint hindered his impulse towards spontaneity, he would start by painting the background and, after it dried, applied more distinct patches of colour, which appear to be floating in space.

© Estate of Paul-Émile Borduas / SOCAN (2020)

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