Artwork by Jean Paul Riopelle,  Sans titre

Jean Paul Riopelle
Sans titre

ink and watercolour
signed and dated 1946 lower right
5 x 6.75 ins ( 12.7 x 17.1 cms )

Sold for $11,500.00
Sale date: November 23rd 2017

Private Collection, Montreal
Yseult Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle: Catalogue raisonné, volume 1, 1939-1953, Montreal, 1999, reproduced page 405, catalogue #1946.051P.1946
Guy Cogeval and Stéphane Aquin, Riopelle: Works from the Collection of Power Corporation of Canada and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (catalogue), Montreal, 2006, page 57
After reading André Breton's “Le Surréalisme et la peinture” in 1945, the young artist was inspired to break away from tradition to pursue non-representational painting. Riopelle created several small watercolours in the next two years, consisting of web-like black lines that blur the distinction between foreground and background, such as “Sans titre” (1946). François-Marc Gagnon writes that “in his watercolours of late 1946 and early 1947, Riopelle has begun his exploration of the non-form, or, better yet, of the content which cannot reveal itself except on condition of denying form, of repelling it into oblivion, so to speak. By maintaining the idea of depth (the network of lines does not function to bring the background to the surface), Riopelle is distinguishing himself before the fact from New York painting.” In 1947 Riopelle moved to Paris to continue his career, where, after a brief association with the surrealists, he developed his mature style of lyrical abstraction.

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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.