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LOT 219

1923 - 2002

Anticosti 11
mixed media on Anticosti etching test print pull
signed and on verso dated 1986 on a label
14 3/4 x 17 1/4 in, 37,5 x 43,8 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000 CAD

Preview at: Heffel Montreal

Galerie Lelong, Paris
Private Collection, Montreal
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Galerie d'art-vente et location, Montreal
Private Collection, Montreal

Lisa Rochon, "The Lion in Autumn" Canadian art, Summer 1987, page 49

In the 1980s, Jean Paul Riopelle would hunt for wild geese on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. At that time, he was living 80 miles north of Montreal in the Laurentians, on a hillside overlooking Lac Masson. Riopelle had a bond with nature that went back to childhood, and through his father he had met the legendary Grey Owl (Archie Belaney, a British man who presented himself as an Iroquois), whose philosophy of respect for nature and rejection of the "horrors of the 20th century" made quite an impression on him. Riopelle produced a suite of prints in 1985 entitled Anticosti, which began with a small abstracted landscape (five years later he returned to the subject, this time reworking it using a sugar aquatint process.) He also used test print pulls from the 1985 Anticosti series as a base for hand-painted works such as this. Exhuding vitality, these Anticosti works are a chronicle of Riopelle's fluid movements between landscape and abstraction at this time.

This work will be included in Volume 7 (1985 - 1989) of Yseult Riopelle's catalogue raisonné on the artist's work.

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