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Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York

Jean-Paul Riopelle
1923 - 2002
TRIPTYCH À ST. CYR
signed
oil on 3 joined canvases
Overall: 31 1/4 by 47 1/4 in. 79.4 by 120 cm.
Executed in 1977.
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Provenance

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Ontario, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Riopelle, September - November 1980, cat. no. 39, p. 35

Literature

Yseult Riopelle, Ed., Le Catalogue Raisonné de Jean-Paul Riopelle, Montreal 2016, illustrated in color (online)

Catalogue Note

Jean-Paul Riopelle, one of the most revered and important Canadian Artists of the twentieth century is widely regarded as a pioneer of the Lyrical Abstraction movement.  An arresting command of color, Riopelle’s luminous, dense mosaic-like movements across a surface resemble peaks and valleys, each revealing a deeper understanding of Riopelle’s ability to command spatulas, knives and paint poured directly onto the surface. As Riopelle said “I always hope to complete it in a few strokes, starting with the first colors I daub down anywhere and anyhow.  But it never works so I add more, without realizing it.” The selection of works presented in the following pages fully capture Riopelle’s range and painterly brilliance.  Jean-Louis Maeght confessed in prefacing Riopelle’s work, "The painter appeared to register the smallest fluttering. Nature, this nature has always been the main foundation stone of Jean-Paul Riopelle’s art, the central theme that elucidates his investigations in both the abstract and the figurative realms."

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York