JEAN-PAUL RIOPELLE "CERVIDÉ" LITHOGRAPH, 1979
With a world auction record of $2.3 million, achieved at Christie's in Paris in 2012, Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) is arguably the most successful post-war abstract painter from Canada.
While Americans have traditionally favored Jackson Pollock as the most influential Abstract Expressionist of the 20th century, in Europe Riopelle's stature is of competing importance for his version of 'automatic' action painting.
His early canvases were densely intricate webs of constructed color created by using a palette knife. His later work both loosened up and became more structured as he experimented with composition and more specific or limited palettes.
Riopelle would also embrace a range of mediums including works on paper and prints.
While widely recognized for his work across abstraction, Riopelle is known to have experimented with figuration. "Cervidé", which translates to 'deer' in English, serves as a unique example of Riopelle's figuration, drawing inspiration from his appreciation for Quebec wildlife.
With its organic palette of ochre, periwinkle, and crimson, this work almost seems to foreshadow Riopelle's last body of work where he includes figurations that interpret various birds of his native Quebec.
This is a distinctive paradigm of Riopelle's printmaking.
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Printed in France, circa 1970 by the legendary Galerie Maeght.
Signed by artist, bottom right
From an edition of 75
16.5"H 13"W (work)
19.5"H 16"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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