AUTO CAS OC QMG RCA SCA
1923 - 2002
mixed media on lithograph on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled on the labels, dated 1985 and inscribed "20923" and "G B No. 4"
42 3/8 x 29 3/4 in, 107.6 x 75.6 cm
Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Sold for: $25,000
Galerie Lelong, Paris (# 20923)
Moos Gallery Ltd., Toronto
Integrart Inc., Candiac
Private Collection, Montreal
Gallery Moos, Toronto, Riopelle, 1988
During the 1980s, Jean Paul Riopelle’s work arrived at a natural crossroads where abstraction and figuration met. Although nature was present throughout his entire oeuvre, its presence is made more explicit with the inclusion of owls and snow geese as recurring motifs. Since the mid-1970s, Riopelle had traveled to l’Île-aux-Oies (island of geese) and l’Isle-aux-Grues (island of cranes), and in 1976 he produced a series of drawings documenting the area, which was famous for its population of migrating snow geese. Oie instruite (which loosely translates to literate or well-educated geese) is a complex and richly detailed mixed media work. Two geese cross their long necks at the center of the work, surrounded by a structure of circles, grids, lines and dots. Following his definitive return from France in 1990, Riopelle lived alternately between the Laurentians and l’Isle-aux-Grues, a region he was particularly fond of.
This work will be included in Yseult Riopelle's forthcoming Volume VII of the catalogue raisonné on the artist's work.
This work is painted over a lithograph Riopelle created for the Fondation Jean Paul Riopelle. The lithograph is titled F. and executed circa 1981.
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