Jean-Paul Riopelle (Canadian, 1923-2002)
Jean Paul Riopelle (Canadian, 1923-2002)
Signed lower right “Riopelle”
23 1/2 x 28 1/2 inches
Provenance: Jane Kahan Gallery;
Purchased by the present owner from above, 1992
Literature: Michel Waldberg, Yseult Riopelle, Monique Brunet-Weinmann, François Odermatt (Editor), Jean Paul Riopelle : catalogue raisonné, Montreal : Hibou Éditeurs, 1999, Cat No. 1957-059, illustrated
Other Notes: Riopelle was a member of the group Les Automatistes (founded by Montreal artist Paul-Emile Bourduas, the group was influenced by Surrealism and its theory of automatism). This movement was seen as the beginning of Canadian Modern Art. Many of this group worked in Paris and New York. In Paris in the early 1950s he was known as the “Wild Canadian”, not only because of his exuberant artistic style, but also because of his lifestyle. In the 1960s-80, he had a relationship with Joan Mitchell, who had a great influence on his work.
Affiliated with the post war modernists, he created works of heavy impasto and quite often squeezed paint directly from the tube onto the canvas. In the 50s and 60s, he frequently used a palette knife; this work Foltare is emblematic of that which is considered his best period.
Property of a Long Island Collector
Purchased from the above by the present owner