Jean-Paul Riopelle

Perspectives

1956

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 806 x 1000 mm
frame: 914 x 1103 x 93 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1957
Reference
T00123

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The French-Canadian painter Riopelle was one of the artists included in the 1951 exhibition in Paris, 'Véhémences Confrontées' (Opposing Forces). He had been living in Paris since 1947, and brought to his work both a North American background and a distinctly European sensibility. In the early 1950s Riopelle had experimented with dripping and splashing paint, creating densely covered canvases in vivid colours. He went on to develop a distinctive technique using a palette knife to apply the paint in quick, sharp strokes all over the canvas. This resulted in a thickly worked surface, or 'impasto'. This painting was executed in this way. The marks are suggestive of the painter's action in applying the paint.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

Jean-Paul Riopelle born 1923

T00123 Perspectives 1956

Inscribed 'riopelle' b.r. and 'riopelle' along top of stretcher
Oil on canvas, 31 3/4 x 39 3/8 (80.5 x 100)
Purchased from Arthur Tooth and Sons (Grant-in-Aid) 1957
Prov: With Arthur Tooth and Sons, London (purchased from the artist)
Exh: The Exploration of Paint, Arthur Tooth and Sons, London, January-February 1957 (29); Jean-Paul Riopelle: Painting and Sculpture, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, January 1963 (29); Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, February-March 1963 (29); Art Gallery of Toronto, March-April 1963 (29)
Repr: Pierre Schneider, Riopelle: Signes m?l?s (Paris 1972), pl.83

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.634, reproduced p.634

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