Jean-Paul Riopelle, ‘Dark Background, White Squares with Black Streaks’, 1964, Sotheby's

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Executed in 1964.

Signature: signed

Montreal, Galerie Simon Blais, Jean-Paul Riopelle: Papiers Géants, August - September 2007
New York, Acquavella Galleries, Riopelle, Grands Formats, September - October 2009

Robert Bernier, François-Marc Gagnon, Guy Patenaude and Monique Brunet-Weinmann, Eds., Riopelle: Des visions d'Amérique, Montreal 1997, p. 111
Yseult Riopelle and Tanguy Riopelle, Jean-Paul Riopelle Catalogue Raisonné Tome 3 1960-1965,** Montreal 2009, cat. no. 1964.066P, p. 319, illustrated in color

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Jean-Paul Riopelle

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.

Canadian, 1923-2002, Montreal, Canada, based in Paris and Quebec