Artwork by Jean Paul Riopelle,  Le clocher de Vétheuil

Jean Paul Riopelle
Le clocher de Vétheuil

lithograph
signed and numbered 23/75 in pencil in the lower margin
16 x 18.5 ins ( 40.6 x 47 cms ) ( sight )

Sold for $1,062.00
Sale date: February 21st 2018

Provenance:
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Art Sales and Rental Gallery
Private Collection, Montreal

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Jean Paul Riopelle
(1923 - 2002) Les Automatistes, RCA, SCA

Born in Montreal in 1923, abstract painter and sculptor Jean Paul Riopelle is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of contemporary Canadian art. Internationally acclaimed during his lifetime, his works are housed in museums and galleries around the world including the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Riopelle spent most of his career in France where he befriended some of the twentieth century's most influential artists. These included writer Samuel Beckett, surrealist Andre Breton, and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Riopelle returned to Quebec in the 1970s. He created his last major work, “L'Hommage a Rosa Luxemburg” (Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg) after the death of his long-term companion, American painter Joan Mitchell, in 1992. The narrative fresco of 30 paintings was more than 130 feet long and was made using aerosol spray paint. He died at the age of 78 in 2002.