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Untitled, 1953

Jean Paul Riopelle
Canadian, 1923 - 2002
coloured ink on wove paper
74.5 x 107.4 cm
Purchased 1998
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39742)
© Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SODRAC (2013)

Inspired by his admiration for Claude Monet's waterlily paintings, Riopelle, by spray painting the colours, captures the water's properties of transparency and infinite depth as well as its shimmering surface. India ink, applied in daubs and dripping lines, replicates the effect of the waterlilies which float on the surface and whose tendrils penetrate the liquid colour. This drawing is an important new direction in the artist's work which will lead him to his masterworks such as "Pavane" 1954.

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