Feuilles aux yeux de pluie is an exhibition comprising works on paper by Jean McEwen, an important figure in the modern art of Québec. Coming from the McEwen estate, the included works, most of which have never been publicly shown, were made over more than forty years.
The exhibition opens with a 1952 work in pen and ink, followed by a dozen compositions, executed from 1956 to 1963, that feature bands forming a series of chromatic variations. Although small watercolours, they are representative of the artist’s monumental achievement. By integrating areas of blank space and subtly superimposing layers of translucent colour, the painter demonstrated his mastery of that particular medium, with all its inherent constraints. Various subjects related to his famous series Le drapeau inconnu [The Unknown Flag] will also be on view.