Jean-Paul Riopelle
Canadian, 1923-2002
High auction record
CAD $7m, Heffel, 2017
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection,
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Jean Paul Riopelle: Works on Paper,
Galerie Maeght
Riopelle | Miro: Color,
Acquavella Galleries

The only Canadian artist involved with the seminal post-World War II School of Paris, Jean-Paul Riopelle was in dialogue with artists such as Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, and André Breton when he made his surrealism-inspired, abstract paintings. Riopelle employed a tachiste style, which he achieved by applying oil paint in thick, demonstrative strokes with palette knives. He also worked with gouache, watercolor, and ink and experimented with bronze sculpture. When pop art and nouveau réalisme became popular in the 1960s, Riopelle introduced representational elements back into his work. These later paintings have been described as “abstract landscapism.” Later in his life, Riopelle also incorporated figuration and multimedia components into his signature gestural paintings.

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