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LOT 035

Jean Paul Riopelle
1923 - 2002

Sans titre
oil on paper on canvas
signed and dated 1960
25 7/8 x 20 in 65.7 x 50.8 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

Sold for: $31,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Private Collection, Montreal

Yseult Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 3, 1960 - 1965, 2009, reproduced page 234 and listed page 491, catalogue #1960.002P.1960
Michel Martin et al., Mitchell / Riopelle: Nothing in Moderation, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and Art Gallery of Ontario, 2017, page 26

At the start of the 1960s, Jean Paul Riopelle and the American artist Joan Mitchell were living in Paris. By then, their individual art, an integral part of their personal relationship, had developed a kind of symbiotic relationship. The precursor to this 1960 painting was the work Riopelle did with gouache in the late 1950s – his brushwork was fluid, and he included patches of white, as we see here. Riopelle revealed Mitchell’s influence in his 1956 letter to her, while she was away working in her New York studio: “I’m at the studio, where I’ve just been trying to paint with gouache. I don’t know if it worked but I’m happier because ultimately these large gouaches…resemble your paintings, my love” (see lot 9 in this sale). This oil on paper work is a fine example of the lyrical approach Riopelle developed in the late 1950s in concert with the direction of Mitchell’s work at the time. In Sans titre, paint drips, loosely calligraphic flourishes of red and black dance, and soft swipes of white float across the surface with a cloud-like transparency, creating a sensuous, tumbling movement of form and colour.

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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