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21/09/2021 - 22/10/2021

C20th - Cross Career Show - Painting


Jean-Paul Riopelle

Born in Canada, Jean-Paul Riopelle became a driving force of the European abstract movement after moving to Paris in 1946. Immersed in the Surrealist manifesto of André Breton and the École de Paris, Riopelle was determined to maintain his own identity and encourage his reputation as the ‘wild Canadian’.

Having first experimented with drips and splashes of colour straight from the tube in the early 1950s, the present works displays Riopelle’s shift in technique. ‘Composition’ is composed of sharp deliberate strokes created with a palette knife that fragments the thick impasto of the paint.

Riopelle is considered one of the most important Canadian artists of his generation, having represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in both 1954 and 1962. By the 1970s Riopelle’s reputation had reached new heights with retrospectives at Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul-de-Vence in 1971 and the following year at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. He received an Honourable Mention at the Guggenheim International Award exhibition (1958) and has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (1958); National Gallery of Canada (1963); Musée du Québec (1967); and Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris (1981).


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