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Pierre Soulages
N. 1919
PEINTURE 157 X 222 CM, 25 OCTOBRE 2006
signed, titled and dated 25-10-06 on the reverse
oil on canvas
157 x 222 cm; 61.8 x 87.8 in.
Executed in 2006.
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Provenance

Galerie Karsten Greve, Saint-Moritz (acquired in 2006)
Private Collection, Lille (acquired in 2007)
Galerie Applicat-Prazan, Paris (acquired in 2012)
Private Collection, New York (acquired in 2013)

Exhibited

Pierre Encrevé, Soulages, l'oeuvre complet Peintures IV. 1997-2013, Paris, 2015, p. 251, no. 1341, illustrated in colour

Catalogue Note

Black color has been a focus of Pierre Soulages's work from the start. Preceding light, and thus, any other color, black has haunted the artist from an early age. Today, the Musée du Louvre is about to dedicate a major retrospective show in tribute to one of the last great living painters of the 20th century.
As early as January 1963, Soulages confessed that "he preferred winter trees and wet trunk season even in [his] childhood painting." As for him, "the absence of more intense and powerful colors gives a more intense and powerful quality of presence" to everything around.
For the last forty years, the artist has been working on his famous Outrenoirs series started in 1979 to which the monumental and magnetic 157 x 222 cm, 25 octobre 2006 belongs. Forty years sculpting dark matter on paintings one could hardly call monochromatic, such is their sculptural aspect and range of shades. When getting rid of the white, red, blue and ocher that colored his post-war painting, Soulages was not looking for concepts. As he often states, on no account should his approach be jumbled with the prevailing artistic movements of the last century. The artist sought to go beyond the Western take on modernity, thus reconnecting -if we look for affiliations- with a more ancestral and powerful cave painting form of art, of which 157 x 222 cm, 25 octobre 2006 is a perfect example.

Art Contemporain Evening Sale

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