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Signature: signed lower right and signed and dated verso
Image rights: SODRAC Succession Riopelle (2017)
• IIIe BIENAL DE SÃO PAULO, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2nd. - October 12th. 1955 #13 Canadian section. ( Received honorable mention for his group of paintings exhibited. )
• Artistas Canadenses, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 24 - December 11 1955, #13 in the catalogue. ( Borduas and Riopelle, same paintings as shown in the 3rd Biennale de São Paulo. )
Yseult Riopelle, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Catalogue Raisonné, Tome 2 1954-1959, #1954.038H.1954, PG.173.
• Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York ( Inventory # St 3082 )
• Private collection , New York
• Private collection , Montreal
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