By removing the whites, reds, blues and ochers that were present in his painting since the 1940s, Soulages has tried to make a conceptual statement all along. As he himself likes to point out, his approach cannot and should not be assimilated to that of the main artistic movements of the past century. A much deeper view is needed to understand the reasons that led him to abandon the color palette he had used up until 1979. A look back in time and history allows us to realize that, with the Outrenoir series, Soulages relates in fact more to the first men's cave painting than to any western take on modernity.
Shaping the pictorial matter through repetitive gestures that give life to captivating light effects, with Peinture 202 x 143 cm, 17 juin 2008, Soulages follows in the footsteps of a powerful and vibrant ancient art. Because of its impressive dimensions and troubling verticality, Peinture 202 x 143 cm, 17 juin 2008 also reveals the great melodic nature of Soulages's work, in spite of its cave art reminiscences. Here, the stunning transversal interstices that punctuate the right part of the composition allude to a music score.
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