Jean-Paul Riopelle, ‘Plage (Peinture)’, 1960, Yale University Art Gallery

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

2013
Galerie Claude Lafitte, 
Montréal,
2012
Galerie Claude Lafitte, 
Montréal,

Group Shows

2017
2016
Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, 
Québec City, QC, Canada,
Art contemporain du Québec, Exposition inaugurale du Pavillon Lassonde
2013
Galerie Claude Lafitte, 
Montréal,
2013
Galerie Claude Lafitte, 
Montréal,
2012
Galerie Claude Lafitte, 
Montréal,
2012
Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, 
Paris, France,
L’Art en guerre, France 1938–1947: From Picasso to Dubuffet
2008
National Gallery of Canada, 
Ottawa, ON, Canada,
Art and Society in Canada: 1913-1950
2008
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, 
Montreal, QC, Canada,
Refus global : 60 ans plus tard
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