Jean-Paul Riopelle, Untitled, Date Unknown

Jean-Paul Riopelle

1923 - 2002. Lived and worked in Montreal, QC.
Artist RegionQuebec
Jean-Paul Riopelle was the first modern Canadian artist to gain international attention, beginning with his association with the Les Automatistes movement in the 1940s, a group of Québécois artistic dissidents who sought to create a distinct Canadian artistic identity through their nonfigurative, painterly works. He moved to Paris in 1947, associating briefly with the surrealist movement and holding his first solo exhibition in 1949. Though initially a surrealist artist, his style would evolve into lyrical abstraction, often utilizing palette knives, trowels, paint throwing, and impasto techniques to create vivid, expressionistic compositions. He was made a companion of the Order of Canada in 1969, and his work has been exhibited and honoured around the world, including at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Guggenheim in New York City, and the National Gallery of Canada, through which he remains one of the most celebrated Canadian artists in history.

Jean-Paul Riopelle, Untitled, Date Unknown