LOT 002

1923 - 2002

ink and watercolour on paper
signed and dated 1952 and on verso titled and inscribed "59070" twice / "5292"/ "G"
10 1/4 x 14 1/2 in 26 x 36.8 cm

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Galerie Jacques Dubourg, Paris
Waddington & Gorce Inc., Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Yseult Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 1, 1939 - 1953, 1999, reproduced page 418, catalogue #1952.009P.1952

In 1947, Jean Paul Riopelle settled in Paris, and he soon established himself as an artist to be reckoned with, developing friendships with well-known artists, writers and critics. By 1949, he was showing at Galerie La Dragonne (later known as the Galerie Nina Dausset), and in 1952 at Galerie Henriette Niépce, soon followed by shows with Galerie Pierre Loeb (1953) and the Pierre Matisse Gallery (1954), in New York.

Riopelle’s abstract watercolours began in the late 1940s, around the time of the Refus global manifesto (1948), and continued into the 1950s. He was working with the figure / ground relationship in works such as this, which, with their use of black lines, related to the experiments of the Surrealists.

In Pavés, Riopelle established a glowing pale ground overlaid with patches and circles of bright colour, which are pushed forward by the ground. Atop these vibrant shapes, Riopelle then overlaid an organic and feverish, wandering web of black blobs and lines. Colour and line are autonomous elements, and the effect is two-dimensional and full of contained movement. Pavés is an exquisite composition, creating an intuitive dance across the entire surface.

Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000

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