Jean Paul Riopelle - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Sunday, June 29, 2008 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York; Private collection, New York

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Didier Imbert Fine Art, Riopelle, Les années 60, 18 May-13 July, 1994

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Didier Imbert Fine Art, Riopelle, Les années 60, Paris, 1994, no. 35 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Originally hailing from Montreal, Jean-Paul Riopelle’s association with the automatistes in Paris brought him international recognition as part of the postwar French abstract expressionist movement. Tending toward lyrical abstraction, Riopelle’s art is heavily impastoed revealing his reliance on palette knife to create vast fields of colors. The present lot’s dominating white and red blocks are entangled by automatic strokes of varying colours. The emotive force behind each stroke epitomizes the abstract expressionist style and the individual power of expression behind Riopelle’s works.   


Sans titre

Oil on canvas.
130 x 162 cm. (51 1/8 x 63 3/4 in).
Signed 'riopelle' lower right.

£220,000 - 280,000 

Contemporary Art Day Sale

30 June 2008, 10am & 2pm