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Jean Paul Riopelle

Jean Paul Riopelle
L'automne 2010 - 1ère séance Vente en salle

Lot # 065

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

Á l’affût
bronze 1973 ~ 1986
signed and editioned 4/8
12 1/4 x 13 1/2 x 7 3/4 pouces  31.1 x 34.3 x 19.7cm

Galerie Lelong, Paris
Private Collection, Toronto

Yseult Riopelle, Jean-Paul Riopelle Catalogue Raisonné, Volume III, 2009, page 402

Referring to the relationship between his painting and his sculpture, Jean-Paul Riopelle stated: “I believe that the two need each other – that my painting influences my sculpture and my sculpture influences my painting.” Having followed his natural instincts by creating small clay figures in the late 1940s, it was not until the early 1960s that Riopelle was able to devote his creative energy to larger sculpture, producing about 30 works, of which 15 were included in a survey of his oeuvre at the 1962 Venice Biennale. The making of the maquettes for the bronzes gave Riopelle a much-needed hiatus from painting and a renewed energy for the works to come. It also confirmed for him the fusion between the many disciplines he was pursuing.

Many of his sculptures refer to nature and his Québécois roots, as in Á l’affût. Uneven rectangular forms rest and build upon each other, reminiscent of a rocky landscape, as they ascend from the structure’s bridge~like base. Subtly set among these abstract shapes is a figure “on the lookout”, as the title translates. Indentations, openings and graphic lines interact over the surface, creating a variable texture and movement. Like the raised strokes of the palette knife, so characteristic of Riopelle’s paintings, the hand of the artist is clearly visible in the surface texture of the bronze.

The terracotta original for this sculpture was made in 1973, and the bronze cast was executed at Fonderie Bonvicini, Verona, Italy in 1986.

Four of the eight casts of this sculpture are in museum collections: #1 is at the Musée du Bas~Saint~Laurent, Rivière du Loup; #2 is at the Musée de Charlevoix; #5 is at the Musée national des beaux~arts du Québec; and #6 is at the Musée des beaux~arts de Montréal.

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Estimation: 25,000 $ ~ 35,000 $ CAN

S'est vendu pour: 26,325.00 $ CAN (prime d'achat incluse)

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