Lot # 047
Canadian Post~War & Contemporary Art Live auction

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

Sans titre
oil on canvas
signed and dated 1959
31 3/4 x 39 1/4 in  80.6 x 99.7cm

An Important Estate, Los Angeles

Jean Paul Riopelle explored many methods of applying paint to canvas. He had worked with layers of paint applied with a brush and built up upon one another, he had dripped, poured and spurted paint directly from the paint tube onto the canvas, and he had used brushes and the palette knife as tools to apply and blend his colours. Here we see a beautiful example of his working method using the palette knife. Holding a fistful of tubes of chosen colours in one hand, Riopelle would slice off their tops and quickly catch the flowing paint on his knife and apply it in a rapid, gestural way. As he worked, the marks he made took shape as the tracks of the knife - one might call them knife prints - left behind as Riopelle walked the colours over the canvas. As a result, paths of memory appear in the paint, forms that tell the story of the making of the work itself, forms that are gloriously expressive of the complex act of painting.
This work is included as an addendum to Volume 2 (1954 - 1959) in Yseult Riopelle's online catalogue raisonné on the artist's work at http://www.riopelle.ca/

Estimate: $150,000 ~ $250,000 CAD  
Sold for: $442,500 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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