His large size paintings provide a fascinating effect. His bold compositions are inspired by Cézanne, who knew to incorporate foregrounds in a scenery without hiding the majesty of the background while also avoiding to cheat against the laws of perspective. The achievement is the impression of an approachable infinity.
In his imaginary scenes with empty canoes in a wild forest, Doig achieved this effect by the reflection in the water and the disappearance of the horizon. Swamped, painted in 1990, was sold for $ 26M including premium by Christie's on May 11, 2015.
The artist visited in 1991 Le Corbusier's cité in Briey-en-Forêt, emptied fifteen years before. He was influenced by its architectural style that is linked to the abstract expression of nature by Mondrian. Above all, the view of this ghost urbanization through the dense network of trees provided one of these post-Cézannian themes which were the thread of his own research. He began the series entitled Concrete Cabins.
Painted in 1991, the Architect's home in the ravine is a daylight view of a site near Toronto. The house is gradually covered by the trees same as when Pollock covered his canvases with colors. This oil on canvas 200 x 250 cm was sold for £ 7.7 million including premium by Christie's on February 13, 2013.
On October 16 in London, Christie's sells Cabin Essence Black, oil on canvas 230 x 350 cm dated 1993-1994, lot 11.
The large building in the night, inspired from Briey, seems very near with its many lights filtered through the dark trees. Doig was probably influenced by the latest expressionist researches of Richter. The result is a sumptuous effect of shine and shadow that may be seen as an echo to the Isle of the dead by Böcklin.
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SOLD for £ 9.6M including premium