Lot # 016
Spring 2013 - 1st Session Live auction

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

Sans titre
watercolour and ink on paper on card circa 1955
signed
6 3/8 x 19 1/2 in  16.2 x 49.5cm

Provenance:
A gift from the Artist in Paris in the 1950s to Belle Burke, New York

During their tumultuous affair in Paris in the mid-1950s, Jean-Paul Riopelle gave this lyrical, sparkling watercolour and ink work to his lover, Belle Burke. In it, Riopelle has used thinned primary colours as the visual ground for the composition, applying them with a light touch, even spattering them on in places. This supporting layer of delicate colour is held in place and given compositional structure by the black ink, resulting in a balanced work with an energetic push and pull. Riopelle’s work with watercolour can be as compelling as his work with oil paint straight from the tube, and his use of black is often the reason why. Here, the black ink daubs, fingerprint-like in their shape, move across the work with a rhythmic energy that both follows and breaks away from the directional movement of the finer ink lines.
This work is included as an addendum in Yseult Riopelle's online catalogue raisonné on the artist's work at http://www.riopelle.ca/

Estimate: $15,000 ~ $25,000 CAD  
Sold for: $23,400 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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