Artwork by Richard Montpetit,  Soir D’Hiver (Vieux Port)

Richard Montpetit
Soir D’Hiver (Vieux Port)

oil on board
signed with initials lower right; signed, titled and dated 1997 on the reverse
6 x 8 ins ( 15.2 x 20.3 cms )

Auction Estimate: $900.00$700.00 - $900.00

Price Realized $489.00
Sale date: June 22nd 2016

Roberts Gallery, Toronto
Private Collection, Toronto

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Richard Montpetit

Born in Montreal in 1950, the son of artist Rolland Montpetit, Richard was initiated to painting by the age of twenty. He presented his first solo exhibition of impressionist paintings in September 1980 in Montreal. In 1985, Richard explored with Antoine Bittar, the language of sketching. It was a turning point. They travelled enthusiastically to paint in France, in Venice, in Mexico, in the Antilles, Portugal and Morocco, bringing back with them much more relaxed and expressive paintings. In 1988, Richard Montpetit returned to work in his studio and began to tackle large formats as if they were sketches, in quest of a certain spontaneous type of brush stroke. On this impulse he explored abstraction along with a simplified figuration. Represented in galleries since 1979, he participated in several group exhibitions and many solo exhibitions, one of which was a retrospective exhibition at the Marc-Aurèle Fortin Museum in the winter of 1987, which attracted several thousands of people.