Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery Commemorates Yves Gaucher (1934-2000)

Ottawa, Canada - November 30, 2000


 « Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada rend hommage à Yves Gaucher (1934-2000) » 
Yves Gaucher was one of Canada's foremost abstract painters and a printmaker of unsurpassed originality and intellectual rigour. The National Gallery of Canada commemorates the artist and the contributions he has made to our visual arts heritage with a selection of 14 prints from the permanent collection. Homage to Yves Gaucher is on view in the Canadian galleries (room A112b) from 1 December 2000 to 4 February 2001. Admission is free.
In the late-50s, Yves Gaucher studied printmaking at the École des Beaux-arts in Montreal. By examining the prints of Rembrandt and other old masters, he came to understand the medium in terms of its aesthetic qualities of line, texture, colour, and volume. His first experiments addressed the idea of space and Gaucher's need to break the flat surface of the paper and to free the composition from the static design element created by the rectangular metal printing plate. As his work matured, Gaucher looked to contemporary music for inspiration, creating a series of prints in homage to composer Anton Webern. As he played with positive and negative relief, broken line, and carefully chosen colours on a background of varied papers, Gaucher's visual images echoed the rigorous atonal notes of the musical compositions that stimulated him. Always on a quest toward simplification and freedom in printmaking, Gaucher's later work continued to challenge the "traditions" he described as "taboos".

Yves Gaucher is the undisputed leader of Quebec's printmaking renaissance of the 50s and 60s. He passed away on 8 September 2000.

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