Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

The National Gallery of Canada pays homage to Jean Paul Riopelle

Ottawa, Canada - March 18, 2002


 « Le Musée des beaux-arts du Canada rend hommage à Jean Paul Riopelle »  

It was with great sadness that the National Gallery of Canada learned of the death of celebrated Canadian painter Jean Paul Riopelle. In tribute to this great artist, the Gallery is going to hang four more of his canvasses - La roue II, 1956; Knight Watch, 1953; Tocsin, 1953; and Immersion, 1957 - in its Canadian galleries.

Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery, said that Riopelle's death marks the end of an era: "Riopelle was an extraordinary painter who never stopped breaking new creative ground. He was possessed by a kind of fury that exemplified surrealism. The critics often tried to establish a relationship between the work of Jackson Pollock and Riopelle, but unlike Pollock, Riopelle was not an expressionist; his work is not violent, it is luminous. He did not use art to express his feelings; rather, he deployed his inner strengths in such a way that they illuminated rather than clashed with one another. Riopelle was an artist who made the connection between the abstract and nature and light."

The National Gallery of Canada's collection includes 23 works by Jean Paul Riopelle, among them paintings, prints and drawings, acquired between 1950 and 2001. Besides the four works that have just been added, two magnificent paintings are currently on view in the Canadian galleries, including Pavane (1954), which features the artist's signature style - a spontaneous, mosaic-like surface, achieved by working the layers of paint using a palette knife.

The public is invited to come and rediscover the unique gifts of this larger-than-life artist. 


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