Yves Gaucher

Olga Korper Gallery

With the emergence of his new “Pale Series,” 1988–89, Montreal-based painter Yves Gaucher has brought full circle his 25-year-long preoccupation with color. Using pale blues, light violets, and grayish mauves, rusts, and greens, Gaucher paints on a monumental scale––his canvases can reach 20 feet in length. The paintings are sectioned off into four or five vertical surfaces of flat, even color presented in a sequential progression. By now, his use of diagonal abutments has become a formula which serves almost as a hallmark, distinguishing his paintings from those of others working in a minimalist vein. This new series marks a departure from his former preoccupation with deeper tonalities. Gaucher’s shift in palette is by no means a simple restatement of paintings gone by; rather, it represents a subtle reworking of his formal vocabulary.

Gaucher draws inspiration from a variety of sources:

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