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Pierre Soulages

French, b. 1919

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Pierre Soulages

French, b. 1919

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After moving to Paris in 1946, Pierre Soulages began using walnut stain to make gestural abstract paintings on paper and, by the 1950s, had begun using oil on canvas. Along with Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, Serge Poliakoff, and Jean-Paul Riopelle, Soulages is considered one of the major figures of post-war European abstraction, although he resisted attempts to link him with Art Informel or its American relative Abstract Expressionism, in particular claims that he drew inspiration from Franz Kline. One of Soulages main preoccupations has been with the interaction of light and reflection on black paint. In the “Outre Noir” (Beyond Black) series, he alternates areas of matte and gloss black paint, interrupting the smooth surfaces with ridges, scores, and gashes.

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$11m, Christie's, 2018
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Centre Pompidou
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

After moving to Paris in 1946, Pierre Soulages began using walnut stain to make gestural abstract paintings on paper and, by the 1950s, had begun using oil on canvas. Along with Hans Hartung, Georges Mathieu, Serge Poliakoff, and Jean-Paul Riopelle, Soulages is considered one of the major figures of post-war European abstraction, although he resisted attempts to link him with Art Informel or its American relative Abstract Expressionism, in particular claims that he drew inspiration from Franz Kline. One of Soulages main preoccupations has been with the interaction of light and reflection on black paint. In the “Outre Noir” (Beyond Black) series, he alternates areas of matte and gloss black paint, interrupting the smooth surfaces with ridges, scores, and gashes.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$11m, Christie's, 2018
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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