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About the WorkBlending the traditions of surrealism, cubism, and Fauvism, the artwork of René Lalonde approaches us with both the emotional force of vivid and unusual color and the simplicity of flattened out planes, bringing the everyday to life with extraordinary intensity. Though his works are vibrant and intense, they somehow project a sense of calm, serenity, and at times easygoing buoyancy, leaving us wondering as to the nature of this paradoxical effect.
René Lalonde had Hawaii in mind when painted “Sailing at Sunset”. Freedom - artistic and personal freedom - is an important element in Lalonde's artwork and personality. Sailing at Sunset evokes enjoyment and the freedom to pursue it. Freedom to take sail at sunset, freedom to intertwine the sea, sky, and sand with bursts of vivid colors not always found on the beach, freedom to let the image take you away. The fiery aura of the sunset, a dramatic backdrop for the sailboats on the horizon, brings out the colors of the scene. To great effect, Lalonde takes license with layering and perspective, putting clouds in front of and behind trees, playing tricks with the distinction between land and sea.
“Sailing at Sunset” is an expertly-crafted, 29 x 35 – inch hand-pulled serigraph on gesso board in an edition of 237, each hand-signed by the artist.
About the Artist
Lalonde was born in Montreal in 1950, the oldest of four children in a working-class family. He was drawn to the arts at an early age and bought his first serious set of paints, brushes, and canvases at age 12. He proved to be graced with a rich imagination, which flourished during his time spent at boarding school, a confining though ultimately inspiring environment. As the tumultuous 1960s unfolded, Lalonde was swept up in the excitement of rock and roll, the Beatles, and what was to become known as the “British Invasion.” The artistic movements spawned in the psychedelic revolution particularly drew Lalonde, leading him to the works of surrealists like Magritte, Dali and Ernst as he explored his own creative drive.