RIOPELLE "LE PETIT AIGLE" ETCHING, 1968
This intricate and densely worked depiction of an eagle in flight was a revelation for us here at Caviar20.
We always had the understanding that Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) only explored figuration in the last chapter of his career circa the mid 1980's and into the 1990's.
This late period is known as a fertile time of experimentation with different painting techniques, such as spray paint and stencils and his unique depictions of birds. (See some examples here and here)
In fact, Riopelle did create figurative works earlier in his career. This work is one of two portrayals of birds done at the end of the 1960's. However the artist's connection to abstraction is undeniable. The heavily stylized background "forest" is highly evocative of Riopelle's aesthetic in the succeeding decade, while the intricate body and wingspan of the powerful eagle recalls his signature palette knife works.
Riopelle is one of the most collected Canadian artists, both within his native country and around the world. His auction record was broken again in the spring of 2017 surpassing $5.4 million. While Americans have traditionally favored Jackson Pollock as the most influential Abstract Expressionist of the 20th century, in Europe (and beyond) Riopelle's stature is of competing importance for his version of 'automatic' action painting.
This handsome and curious work is an ideal piece for both the young collector and a Riopelle connoisseur.
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Signed and numbered by the artist.
From an edition of 75
29"W 22.5"H (sheet)
15.5"W 11.75"H (image)
Detailed condition report by request
Provenance: Albert White Gallery, Toronto
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