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Frontal, 1956

Claude Tousignant
Canadian, 1932
Cilco automobile lacquer on canvas
145 x 129 x 2 cm
Purchased 1993
National Gallery of Canada (no. 37062)
© Claude Tousignant

A pivotal painting for Claude Tousignant, "Frontal" was preceded by the artist's Tachist works, in which he juxtaposed splotches of pure colour on a white ground. Here, the deep blue area dominates the composition, held in tension by vertical bands on either side, the yellow drawing the viewer's eye to the left. The quick-drying properties of commercial automobile paint permitted Tousignant to work quickly and on a large scale.

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