From the early 1960s, Yves Gaucher’s etchings were recognized as among the most original and striking achievements in the modernization of the medium, and became the basis of a formal language that would become ever richer in its extremely reduced form. The invention and accumulation of technical processes were used in compositions that emerged from specific sources of inspiration. Whether it be Asian philosophy or Indian or twelve-tone music, of utmost importance were the serial rhythms that animated his monochromatic colour fields, the dynamic logic of contradiction, and the slippage of symmetry and asymmetry. The masterful asceticism of Gaucher’s paintings became the favoured ground for the resolution of opposing principles.

<em>Yves Gaucher</em>, 1996
Yves Gaucher, 1996
Yves Gaucher, 1996 © Richard-Max Tremblay • Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay