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Jean-Paul Riopelle
1923 - 2002
COMPOSITION 
oil on canvas
65 by 46 cm. 25 5/8 by 18 1/8 in.
Executed circa 1966.
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Provenance

Galerie Rambert, Paris
Private Collection 
Christie's, London, 26 May 1994, Lot 35
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Yseult Riopelle, Catalogue Raisonné de Jean-Paul Riopelle Tome 4, 1966-1971, Montréal 2004, p. 121, no. 1966.067H.V1966, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

"The painting must work itself out. I never tell myself, for instance, that I have to paint like this or like that to get one effect or another. If I reach that point, I stop. It’s dangerous ... because then I am on the technical side of painting. There is always some solution to improve a painting that isn’t working. But this does not interest me. It loses its emotional unity. Because technique will unfortunately always win out" (Jean-Paul Riopelle cited in Michel Waldberg, ‘Riopelle, The Absolute Gap’, in: Yseult Riopelle, Riopelle: Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. I 1939-1954, Montreal 1999, pp. 39-54).

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