Abstraction (Orange)
Date 1952
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 97 x 195.5 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-487
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This work by Jean-Paul Riopelle belongs to the period of the so-called Grandes mosaïques, which occurred roughly between 1950 and 1960. The painted works – produced with palette knife and spatula – are made up of multi-coloured elements of notable thickness, superimposed and animated with extensive, vigorous lines. Large shapes dominate. It can be said that these 'mosaics' are undoubtedly inspired by those of St. Mark’s Basilica, which made a big impression on Riopelle during a trip to Venice in 1947. Very different from Pollock’s ‘dripping’ works, Riopelle paints on a canvas placed vertically on the easel; there is nothing ‘gestural’ about his work. Despite the given title (also referred to as untitled), this kind of painting is, for Riopelle, a means to express and share his strong relationship with nature. AC
Mr. and Mrs. R. Sturgis Ingersoll, Philadelphia; donated in 1964 to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; purchased at Sotheby’s, New York, 18 December 1995.