Sotheby’s is pleased to announce the Paris Art Contemporain Evening sale on 24 June. This sale will be an elevated auction anchored by a museum quality selection of blue-chip Post-War and Contemporary Art. Featuring examples by the greatest masters of the second half of the 20th century, the auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire historical works such as a 1957 Soulages masterpiece, 3 exceptional works by Zao Wou-Ki and a colourful Hourloupe Dubuffet from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
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Birth of Pierre Soulages on December 24th in Rodez. (Image: Pierre Soulages as a child in Aveyron © All Rights Reserved)
Discovery of the Roman abbey church Sainte-Foy de Conques during a class visit. "It was she who gave me the decisive shock" he would later say.
Montpellier where he frequently visits the Fabre Museum and enrolls at the School of Fine Arts where he meets Colette Llaurens, whom he will marry that same year.
Settles in a workshop in Courbevoie, near Paris. The works he sends to the Salon d'Automne are refused.
Beginning of his long friendship with Roberta Gonzales and Hans Hartung, whom he meets at the Salon des Surindépendants, a salon without jury or prizes where his works are exhibited. Mocked by the critics, Francis Picabia notices him, however, convinced that one of his works is the "best painting in the Salon". Settles in a new studio rue Schoelcher, in the 14th arrondissement of Paris
Meets Jean-Michel Atlan, Fred Klein and his son Yves. The famous curator of the Museum of Modern Art James Johnson Sweeney visits his studio and buys a painting from him.
The French state acquires the work Peinture 146 x 114 cm, 1950. Louis Carré becomes his agent abroad.
Participation in the XXVIth Venice Biennale.
Participation in the Younger American Painters exhibition organized by Pat Sweeney at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
First solo exhibition in New York at the gallery of Samuel Kootz, who will soon become his agent in the United-States, devoting 8 exhibitions to him until 1966. Nelson Rockefeller and Alfred H. Barr visit his studio.
Participation in the first Documenta in Kassel and in the exhibition The New Decade at MoMA. The Gimpel Fils gallery devotes him in London his first solo show in London. This is the beginning of a collaboration that will last more than 20 years.
Creates Peinture 130 x 162 cm, April 14, 1957. Important year for the artist who moves to a new studio at 48, rue Galande and receives the prestigious Windsor Price. Beginning of a world tour that will take him to New York where he meets Adolph Gottlieb, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Franz Kline, Louise Nevelson, Mark Tobey, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko.
First Outrenoirs. Exhibition "Soulages, Peintures récentes" at the Centre Pompidou.
Creation of the stained glass windows of the Abbey of Sainte-Foy de Conques.
Retrospective exhibition "Soulages 40 years of painting" in Kassel, Valence and Nantes.
Retrospectives in Seoul, Beijing and Taipei. Pierre Encrevé publishes the first volume of the Catalogue Raisonné de l'œuvre peint de Pierre Soulages. A second volume follows in 1996, a third in 1998, a fourth in 2007 and a fifth in 2015.
Pierre and Colette Soulages donate 500 paintings to the Communauté d'Agglomération du Grand Rodez for the creation of the Soulages Museum. At the same time, 19 paintings are donated to the Fabre Museum in Montpellier, which builds a new wing to house them.
Peinture, 21 July 1958 is exchanged for more than 1.5 million euros at Sotheby's Paris, an absolute record for a work by a French artist during his lifetime.
Retrospective at the Centre Pompidou on the occasion of its 90th anniversary.
The Soulages Museum in Rodez is inaugurated in the presence of the President of the French Republic.
For the first time, a painting by Soulages sells for more than 5 million euros at auction, Peinture 162 x 130 cm, April 14, 1962, trading at 6,120,000 euros against an estimate of between 2,000,000 and 3,000,000.
On the occasion of its centenary, the Louvre Museum pays tribute to Soulages by devoting a retrospective to him during his lifetime. Only Chagall and Picasso had had this privilege before him.