Artwork by Jean Paul Riopelle,  Feuilles VI (1967)

Jean Paul Riopelle
Feuilles VI (1967)

colour lithograph
signed and numbered 49/74 within the lower margin
39.5 x 27.25 ins ( 100.3 x 69.2 cms ) ( sight )

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Albert White Gallery (1967)
Private Collection, Toronto
Yseult Riopelle, “Jean Paul Riopelle: Catalogue raisonné des estampes”, Montreal, 2005, page 22; illustrated pages 23 & 148, catalogue #1967.10EST.LI
“Riopelle liked to say that he derived his sense of space not from the vast forests of Canada but from a single leaf, which, if looked at from the right distance, contains the whole forest. No doubt, partly in jest, he had a few leaves sent from Canada. René Le Moigne covered them with ink and they gave rise to the first true series, consisting of seven prints. This was when Rioplle first realized that simple objects could both orient a composition and pre-empt the hand’s hesitation before a blank sheet. It was something he would never forget.

In this inaugural series, the image entitled ‘Feuilles VI’ (1967.10, p. 148) is the most programmatic, featuring a totemic composition of which each component could have been a work in its own right. The lower section is a study in textures, characteristic of the early sheets in the series; the upper section, with its hidden ‘animal’ (portrayed negatively, using a scraping technique), reappears in precisely the same form, with only a few chromatic variations, in another series produced in the same year; the small black element in the centre, with its right-facing profile and subtle interior drawing that may conjure the figure’s memory, seems to offer various possibilities of articulation with the other two coloured masses.”

-Yseult Riopelle, “Jean Paul Riopelle: Catalogue raisonné des estampes”, Montreal, 2005, page 22

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Jean Paul Riopelle
(1923 - 2002) Les Automatistes, RCA, SCA

Born in Montreal in 1923, abstract painter and sculptor Jean Paul Riopelle is widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of contemporary Canadian art. Internationally acclaimed during his lifetime, his works are housed in museums and galleries around the world including the National Gallery in Ottawa, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. Riopelle spent most of his career in France where he befriended some of the twentieth century's most influential artists. These included writer Samuel Beckett, surrealist Andre Breton, and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Riopelle returned to Quebec in the 1970s. He created his last major work, “L'Hommage a Rosa Luxemburg” (Tribute to Rosa Luxemburg) after the death of his long-term companion, American painter Joan Mitchell, in 1992. The narrative fresco of 30 paintings was more than 130 feet long and was made using aerosol spray paint. He died at the age of 78 in 2002.