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Jean Paul Riopelle | Works on Paper
3rd Session

November 05 - November 26, 2020

Current bid: $14,000 CAD
Bidding History
Paddle # Date Amount

18045 09-Nov-2020 05:32:38 PM $14,000

LOT 0403

1923 - 2002

Sans titre
gouache and ink on paper
signed and dated 1962
12 3/4 x 16 in, 32.4 x 40.6 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Sold for: $17,500

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Private Collection, Montreal

Yseult Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle Catalogue raisonné Tome 3 1960 - 1965, 2009, pages 58 - 59. reproduced page 264, #1962.009P.1962

The 1960s were an important decade in Jean Paul Riopelle’s oeuvre, and it was a period during which he expanded his painterly techniques and experimented further with mediums. He worked with ink, gouache, pastel, engraving, collage and sculpture. His early 1960s works on paper are characterized by complex networks of calligraphic black lines hovering over a pale backdrop. Sans titre is a fine example of such works, with its background made of softly modulated areas of white and grey, punctuated by touches of crimson and magenta. Art historian Yves Michaud wrote: “The coloured inks and gouaches, whose fluidity is used to produce dripping and scratching, form a link with the Tachiste past of the 1950s. They play on the immateriality of the colour and on the blacks that allow scratching, sweeps and grids. From this point of view, these inks and gouaches follow the same procedure as the oil paintings, which gradually reintroduce an overall structure in the midst of the marks of coloured impasto.” Such experimentation allowed Riopelle to continually renew his approach to abstraction, which set him apart from both French and American artistic movements.

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