Oil on canvas, 147.5 × 114.5 cm
Gift of Iris and Max Stern
From 1953 to 1955, Paul-Émile Borduas lived in New York, hoping to position himself on the international art scene. This period marked an important turning point in the development of his practice where he experimented with new approaches to pictorial space. Cheminement bleu demonstrates the influence of Abstract Expressionism on his work during this period, and an obsession with minimizing the figure/ground dichotomy. White, which materialized in his later works as an expression of light, achieves a perfect balance with the black and blue impasto, generously applied with a palette knife.