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Ernest Aubin

Mosaic of Female Nudes


Ernest Aubin
Montreal 1892 – Montreal 1963


Mosaic of Female Nudes




Charcoal, gouache and white chalk highlights


61.8 x 49.2 cm


Gift of Roxanne and Monique Dehaut, inv. 2018.218


Graphic Arts

A leader in Montreal’s Montée Saint-Michel group of painters, Ernest Aubin was already an accomplished artist when he began these studies of nudes, put together in the style of a mosaic. The careful selection of poses enabled the figures to be fit around each other, lending the work a cohesive, effortless appearance. The use of charcoal and a coloured paper in this work allow a play of contrasts, as well as skilfully and effectively harmonize the whole composition. The figures cover the entire surface of the sheet, a characteristic of Aubin’s academic nudes.

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