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Gaucher, Yves
Jericho
1978

Yves Gaucher achieved an international reputation as a painter and printmaker. He is known for his rigorous commitment to hard-edge abstraction and his methodological approach to the principles of asymmetry. Gaucher was born in Montreal and studied at the École des Beaux Arts. He worked as a printmaker early in his career, purchasing his own intaglio press in 1960. In 1964 he turned to painting, and subsequently worked through various formal concerns in both these media. Gaucher first introduced the diagonal into his work in 1976 and it came to dominate his artistic production. The series of Jericho, of which this work is one example, was begun after Gaucher saw a black and white reproduction of Barnett Newman’s Jericho of 1968-69. The works are a homage to Newman’s piece, but by re-inserting the triangles onto a rectangular surface and truncating them, Gaucher shifts the focus to a tension between elements and the problem of visual perception.

 
Gaucher, Yves
Montreal 1934 - Montreal 2000
Jericho
1978
Lithograph on paper
height / width: 74.30 x 105.60 cm; 29.25 x 41.57 in.
Gift of Herbert O. Bunt, 1994
37-039

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