Jean-Guy Mongeau Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1931 - 2000)

Jean-Guy Mongeau made his mark on his times with his boldness and vitality, alongside the masters of the Montreal School. More than simply painting, Mongeau constructed his works. He fluidly superimposed and structured, with lines, cubic forms, and masses in a bottomless black illuminated by deep red, green, indigo, blue, and white. In this world of rich tones, order triumphs over chaos.

After earning a diploma in commercial art from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1957, Mongeau began a career in this trade but found it unsatisfying. He turned to painting in 1959 and very quickly gained recognition, winning awards from the Club des Beaux-Arts and the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in Montreal in 1960, and from the Winnipeg Show, in Winnipeg, in 1961 and 1962.

A visual-arts teacher by day (1961 to 1983), Mongeau devoted his nights to covering surfaces of masonite with a smooth layer of enamel, a medium that he used for most of his paintings and that obliged him to work quickly. A passionate painter, Mongeau was inspired by photography to articulate his work around research on form and chromatic values.

In 1972, Mongeau stopped painting, and he did not paint again for 12 years. Far from being idle, however, he continued his experimentation in photography. He also made murals and objects in ceramics, steel, tinplate, and wood, playing on complexity, simplicity, and humour. When he returned to painting, in 1983, his lines were more thought out sometimes
attenuated and sometimes accentuated by tonal contrasts. Seeking new forms, the painter explored drawing. Now, the visual gesture was expressed in a palette of black and grey as he used lithographic pencils, etching needles, china ink, and charcoal. A prolific artist, Mongeau produced 500 paintings and 200 works on paper.

Consignments

We are currently seeking works by J. Mongeau to be included in future collections. If you are interested in selling works by J. Mongeau visit our valuation submission page for more information.

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Historical Sale Highlights

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Sailboats in the Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.5x13.5 in) circa 1958
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Morning Girl 8/12
Leo Mol
Bronze (19x12.5x10.5 in) 1987
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Spoiling the Snow Carving
William Kurelek
Oil on Panel (10x10 in) 1960
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Indian Church
Emily Carr
Sampson-Matthews Silkscreen (40x30 in) circa 1941
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Untitled I
Marian Dale Scott
acrylic (30x24 in) 1992
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Woodland, Don Valley
Charles Comfort
oil on panel (10x12 in) 1935
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Whistler Edge
Robert Genn
Acrylic (11x14 in) 2013
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Prairie Farmer takes Children to School in Prairie Blizzard
William Kurelek
mixed media (8x17 in) 1967
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Shoreline Scene
Farquhar McGillivray Knowles
oil on panel (8x5.5 in) 1880
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Glauque
Jean Paul Riopelle
etching (7.5x11.5 in) 1967
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