Jean Paul Riopelle

Pavane

1954

Jean Paul Riopelle was one of the most ambitious artists of the group "Les Automatistes". The artist applied paint directly to the surface of the canvas using a palette knife, blending each mark in a free, abstract and automatic gesture. Space is created by the relationships of colours as they intersect or lay in close proximity to each other. This creates an animated surface, with some colours receding and some dancing forward. This monumental triptych was first exhibited in Canada in 1963 as part of the artist’s retrospective at the National Gallery of Canada, and its title refers to a Spanish dance that originated in the 16th century. The dance incorporates a stately and processional rhythm, which is captured in the energy and movement of this painting.

Title
Pavane
Date
1954
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
300 x 550.2 cm overall
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 1963
Accession number
15038.1-3