1959 was a year of assessment for Riopelle. The previous year, the painter thought much about what his friend Georges Duthuit had written about his work in which the art critic saw an "uncontrollable search for the image (...) up to the very titles [of his paintings]". Riopelle however sought to distance himself from rhetoric in favour of a new inspiration, in an attempt to draw away from grandiloquence.
...Et plus..., illustrates the desire for renewal that inhabited the painter at the time he was thinking of living with Joan Mitchell- a plan which became a reality a few months later when they moved together to the famous apartment-studio on rue Frémicourt in the 15th arrondissement in Paris. Mitchell/Riopelle, un couple dans la démesure, the beautiful exhibition that is currently being held at the musée national des Beaux-Arts in Quebec, evokes with brio this crucial period in the work of two giants of modern and contemporary art. From May 5th to June 15th,1959, they presented a show together in Turin, a standard bearer for Arte Nuova whose importance is becoming apparent. ...Et plus..., marks the beginning of an astounding period for Riopelle, carried by his dialogue with Mitchell on abstraction and the creative passion which animated both of them.
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