CLAUDE TOUSIGNANT "BLACK WHITE SQUARES" DRAWING, 1999
Claude Tousignant, along with Guido Molinari, are two of the most influential and iconic painters from Quebec; true masters of minimalism and hard-edge abstraction.
They are the key artists that shaped "les Plasticiens”; a major force in the evolution of abstraction in the post Borduas/Riopelle years in Montreal.
Tousignant was born on December 23, 1932 in Montreal, Quebec and attended the School of Art and Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (1948 -1951). Influenced by Piet Mondrian, Tousignant and his peers emphasized that painting should be pure form/color. They rejected the approach of the previous generation, avoiding any form of spontaneous expression. Many of les Plasticiens' attitudes echoed Frank Stella's. Barnett Newman praised Tousignant's ability "to say as much as possible with as few elements as possible."
In the 1990's Tousignant had a creative resurgence focusing on an even more extreme form of minimalism and color exploration with monochromatic squares.
Tousignant's work has been shown extensively in Canada and internationally including the 8th Bienal de São Paulo (1965). In 2009 Tousignant was the subject of a major retrospective at the Musée D'art Contemporain De Montréal.
"Untitled" (Black White Squares)
Initialed and dated 99 by the artist.
Ink on paper
18.5"H 14.5"W (work)
22"H 18"W (framed)
Frame with museum glass