Eskimo Mask

Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1957

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

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
“Regards sur l’abstraction“, Galerie Zlotowski, Paris
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
2013
Small-scale Masterworks, Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal
2012
Small-scale Masterworks, Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington
2016
“Regards sur l’abstraction“, Galerie Zlotowski, Paris
2016
Post War Art, Gilden's Art Gallery, London
2015
New realities in the 20th and 21st Century, Opera Gallery, Central Hong Kong
2013
Small-scale Masterworks, Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal
2013
Québec Masters, Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal
2012
Small-scale Masterworks, Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montréal
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