Lot # 048
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

Jean Paul Riopelle
AUTO CAS OC QMG RCA SCA 1923 - 2002 Canadian

Vert d'eau
oil on canvas 1977
signed and on verso titled and inscribed "16005" (Galerie Maeght number) and "28143"
21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in  54 x 73cm

Galerie Maeght, Paris
Private Collection, Montreal

Roger Bordier, "Les lieux et les rêves de Riopelle," Cimaise, No. 140, January - February 1979, pages 9 - 20, reproduced page 10

Vert d'eau was painted in 1977, during the period in which Jean Paul Riopelle was dividing his time between his studios in Saint-Cyr-en-Arthies in France and Sainte-Marguerite in Quebec. In this year, Riopelle was thinking about his trip to Baffin Island, and he worked on his Iceberg series in both Quebec and France. The treatment of the white areas in this work, with their broadly scraped chunks of white paint over a black background, are similar to those in his Iceberg series. The title, the translation of which makes a connection with water and the colour green or sea green - and therefore landscape - infuses our reading of the canvas with meaning, a characteristic typical of Riopelle’s later works, often categorized as Lyrical Abstraction. And it was at this time that figurative elements were overtly emerging in his work, revealed through titles such as this. Vert d'eau is lushly painterly, and the short, staccato-like dabs of emerald pigment, the triangular swathes of scarlet and the large scrapes of black and white demonstrate Riopelle’s proficiency with a palette knife and absolute command of his medium.
This work will be included in Volume 5 (1972 ~ 1978) of Yseult Riopelle’s online catalogue raisonné on the artist’s work at http://www.riopelle.ca/

Estimate: $50,000 ~ $70,000 CAD  
Sold for: $59,000 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

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