Yseult Riopelle, Ed., Catalogue Raisonné de Jean-Paul Riopelle Tome 4, 1966-1971, Montreal 2004, cat. no. 1966.016H, p. 114, illustrated in color
"For me, a painting is never the reproduction of an image. It always starts with a vague feeling... the desire to paint... Not a clear idea. The painting starts where it wants... but after, everything falls into place. That's the important thing. The painting must develop itself."
This work is in very good condition overall. The canvas is unlined. The impasto peaks appear stable and well intact. Under close inspection, there is evidence of scattered pigment separation due to the artist's choice of medium, with one area that is more pronounced to the lower center of the composition, and a few flattened impasto peaks. Only visible under very close inspection and raking light, there are a few scattered, very minor surface accretions and a few, isolated minor pinpoint losses to the pigment. Under Ultraviolet light inspection, there is no evidence of restoration. Not examined out of the frame. Framed. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.