LOT 037

1923 - 2002

Untitled (PM 47)
oil on canvas
initialed and on verso signed and inscribed "#47" on the canvas, titled, dated 1978 on the gallery labels and inscribed "47" and "DUG 19740" on the backing board and "No. #3240" on the Pierre Matisse Gallery label
6 3/8 x 10 1/2 in 16.2 x 26.7 cm

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

Preview at: Heffel Vancouver

Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Acquavella Modern Art, Nevada
Douglas Udell Gallery, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver

Yseult Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 5, 1972 - 1979, 2020, reproduced page 284, catalogue #1978.095H.1978

In 1974, Jean Paul Riopelle built a studio at Sainte-Marguerite, in Quebec, and from this year onwards, he would divide his time between Sainte-Marguerite and his studio in Saint-Cyr-en-Arthies, in France. In 1977, he traveled to the Arctic and started his cycle of large paintings based on those experiences in the North. However, in 1978, he injured his knee, and in order to keep painting, he had to work in a seated position. He then produced a group of small-format oil canvases titled Nouvelles impressions, including this work. In Untitled (PM 47), we see the same extravagance of paint we would normally see in a larger Riopelle painting, but in miniature. This work has vivid, luscious colours - green, orange, yellow and blue – applied in swipes of his knife, which create pathways like rays in the monochromatic black, grey and white. The surface is dense with all-over patterns of paint application. Riopelle’s thickly textured paint stands in ridges, and the flatter coloured rays relate to the style of his mosaic works of the mid-1950s. This gem of a painting is full of movement, exuberance and vitality, and, like his larger works, contains a magnetic power.

Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000

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