Although Claude Tousignant shares some of the concerns expressed by the first Plasticiens, namely “the unremitting purification of plastic elements and their order,” [our translation] he has nevertheless proposed, since 1956, a more radical vision of pictorial structure as it relates to form and colour. He has produced hard-edge paintings using horizontal or vertical grids that unequivocally suppress any associations to the figurative or to landscape, as well as any suggestion of three-dimensional space. In 1963, Tousignant introduced the circular form into his practice, making it one of the great subjects of his subsequent series.

Portait of Claude Tousignant.
Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay (1994)