LOT 043

Jean Paul Riopelle
1923 - 2002

1800 pieds d'altitude
oil on canvas, 1969
signed and on verso titled and inscribed with the catalogue raisonné #1969.003H
28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in 73 x 92.1 cm

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

Sold for: $117,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Galerie Maeght, Paris
Thielsen Gallery, London, Ontario
Galerie Claude Lafitte, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

By the 1960s Jean-Paul Riopelle had already achieved significant fame abroad and was immersed in the Parisian avant-garde. Notably, in the year 1966 he formed a significant relationship with a prominent contemporary gallery in Paris, Galerie Maeght, which is included in the provenance for 1800 pieds d’altitude. During this period Riopelle was moving away from the dense mosaics of the 1950s and allowing increased space and broad gestures to emerge. This painting exudes this physicality by containing a storm of red energy in the centre anchored by the blue, green, purple and white mosaic shapes at the sides. In the 1960s Riopelle began to revitalize ties with his native country, and did so through an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada in 1963 and another at the Musée du Québec in 1967. By 1969 he was spending increasing amounts of time in Canada. 1800 pieds d’altitude is a powerful yet radiant example of his tremendous contribution to art history, both in Canada and internationally.
This work will be included in Yseult Riopelle's forthcoming Volume IV of the catalogue raisonné on the artist's work.

Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000

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