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The Circular Pass, Nest of Aeroplanes, 1950

Paul-Émile Borduas
Canadian, 1905 - 1960
oil on canvas
76.5 x 102 cm
Purchased 1982 with the assistance of a grant from the Government of Canada under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act
National Gallery of Canada (no. 28071)
© Estate of Paul Émile Borduas / SODRAC (2013)

From the 1940s on, Paul-Émile Borduas was a renowned proponent of non-figurative art in Montreal. In 1950, he began to devote his energies to exploring the relationship between form and background in abstract works. This painting, in which the centrifugal movement of the clustered shapes empties the core, superbly illustrates the dynamism of this relationship.

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