ArtworksJean DallaireÔ REDOUTABLE FEMELLE!, 19541916-1965Sold
Inscriptionssigned 'Dallaire' (lower left); titled 'Ô redoutable femelle!' (lower right); inscribed 'DALLAIRE / OTTAWA ONT. 1954 / Ô REDOUTABLE FEMELLE"! / O REDOUBTABLE FEMALE! / TIMIBILE FEMMILA!' (verso).
Dominion Gallery, Montreal;
Acquired from above by private collection, Greensboro, N.C., U.S.A.
Montreal, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Panorama: Peinture au Québec, 1940-1966, May - August, 1967, no. 24, (Collection Dominion Gallery, Montreal);
Montreal, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Retrospective Dallaire, March 19 - April 21, 1968, no. 46, (Collection Dominion Gallery, Montreal).
Dallaire is the most intriguing of artists, one who is a brilliant colorist and who defies any one particular “ism” but spans many in his career. In the case of Ô REDOUTABLE FEMELLE!, he is a bit of a sorcerer, mixing the world of surrealism somewhere between Salvador Dalí, Paul Delvaux and René Magritte. Ô REDOUTABLE FEMELLE!, was exhibited at Dominion Gallery alongside of Anouk, also of 1954, which Dr. & Mrs. Max Stern donated to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and where because it is often illustrated as an example of outstanding Dallaire, she has gained iconic stature. Other often reproduced Jean Dallaire paintings, Peintre maudit of 1954 and Nature morte à la cheminée of 1953 show similarity of forms and colour that are resurrected in Ô REDOUTABLE FEMELLE!, 1954. Although it is a painting smaller in format than the aforementioned, Ô REDOUTABLE FEMELLE!, is deserving of equal celebration in an appreciation of the highest standard of achievement by the master.