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Tocsin, 1953

Jean Paul Riopelle
Canadian, 1923 - 2002
oil on canvas
99.8 x 81.2 cm
Purchased 1954
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6254)
© Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SODRAC (2013)

One of the most internationally celebrated Canadian painters of the 20th century, Jean-Paul Riopelle left Montreal in 1947 to settle in Paris. The same year, he was included by André Breton and Marcel Duchamp in the last major group show of the Surrealists, at the Galerie Maeght. By 1951, Riopelle’s signature abstract impasto paintings had been exhibited alongside works by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Sam Francis, and Hans Arp. In 1954, "Tocsin" featured in both Riopelle’s first New York solo show, held at the Pierre Matisse Gallery, and the Canadian section of the Venice Biennale.

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