Paul-Émile Borduas

Canadian (1905 - 1960)

Paul-Émile Borduas was a Canadian painter.
Based on ArtValue.ca records, Paul-Émile Borduas's estimated art value is C$700,000 (*)

Paul-Émile Borduas's work could be available for sale at public auction with prices in the range of C$100,000 - C$5,000,000, or even much higher.

From ArtValue.ca records, the highest price paid at auction for an oil painting work attributed to Paul-Émile Borduas (1905-1960) was C$3,601,250 - paid for "Figures schématiques" at Heffel in Vancouver on Wed, May 30, 2018.
ArtValue.ca has 104 auction art sale records for their oil painting results, with prices in the range of C$100,000 to C$5,000,000.

Heffel Auction House Biography and Notes

On May 15, 1958, the well-known Toronto art dealer, G. Blair Laing, visited Paul-Émile Borduas in his Paris studio. He purchased Patte de velours, 1955, along with six other paintings: Les boucliers enchantés, 1953, now at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Roses et verts, 1953; Le Château de Toutânkhamon, 1953, which belongs to a well-known Montreal collector; La carrière engloutie, 1953; Le vent dans les ailes, 1953, now in the hands of a Toronto private collector; and Vol vertical, a later picture, circa 1958. It is clear that G. Blair Laing was conservative in his choice. Canadian collectors were probably reticent in supporting Borduas's more recent undertakings. Most of the paintings Laing bought were from 1953, when Borduas had decided to move to New York and spent a summer in Provincetown before settling in Greenwich Village. As a matter of fact, three of the paintings purchased by Laing were painted in Provincetown: Les boucliers enchantés, Le Château de Toutânkhamon and La carrière engloutie. The other 1953 paintings were more than likely done at later date in New York. The only really recent painting was Vol vertical, a small picture in brown, pink and black, but not typical of the bold black and white of the period. Patte de velours, clearly dated 1955 on the painting, was the only one of its kind. It was most likely painted at the end of Borduas's New York stay or at the beginning of his Parisian period. Borduas left America in September of 1955 and, after some difficulty in finding a studio, proceeded to produce on a regular basis until the end of the year.

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