Marcelle Ferron’s two variegated paintings—one small (LOT 37) and one medium-format (LOT 36), both from the same period—are examples of how the artist explores contrapuntal registers that reveal her fascination with light. These two works foreground the richness of her material and exemplify the pure, brilliant colour palette favoured by the artist during the early 1960s. They are also a kind of swan song to this period in her career, as Ferron devoted herself entirely to the art of stained glass between 1966 and 1973, before finally returning to painting, but in a different style.
The dramatic, introspective composition of this 1961 work seems to emerge from a black stage, resulting in an extremely lively, almost choreographic painting. The purplish-blue hues, the inky blacks and cobalt blues contrast with cascading oranges, vermilions and whites that unfold in a play of silk, the echo of an Orientalist fantasy. (A. L.)