Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002)


Jean-Paul Riopelle was born in Montreal. Riopelle was a painter and sculptor who attained world wide acclaim. In 1947 Riopelle moved to France where he continued his art career. He returned to Canada in the late 60’s lived at Île-aux-Grues, an island situated in the St. Lawrence River.

From 1949, he held many solo exhibitions in Canada, France, Italy, Spain, England, the United States and Sweden. Subsequently, Riopelle’s work has been extensively exhibited internationally, including the Guggenheim International and the Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York; Museum of Modern Art in Brazil; the Galerie d’Art Moderne in Basel, Switzerland; the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa; the XXVI Venice Biennial in Italy, and the XXXI International Biennial of Art in Italy. His work is in the collections of most of the major museums of the world.

Paillettes ou Sur la Berge (Flakes on the River Bank) is for us a more figurative landscape than most Riopelle prints and quite distinct from his paintings. It is colourful and we see the river running through the forest. Riopelle’s Canadian geese, an image you see in a lot of his later Canadian work, inhabit the piece quite naturally. Paillettes is from an edition the artist produced in honour of Walter Homberger’s retirement from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in 1987.

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Paillettes ou Sur la Berge
Lithograph on Arches paper
25.37″ x 35.87″