Peinture, 10 November 1963
Date 1963
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 202.5 x 159.4 x 4.5 cm
Inventory ID UID 102-545
This painting is from Pierre Soulages' pre-1979 period, before his use of relief. According to the painter ‘You need to look at the painting and appreciate the light reflected by the black surface. That’s essential. If you only see black, it’s because you’re not looking at the painting. If, on the other hand, you pay more attention, you can see the light reflected by the painting. This painting’s space is not the wall, it’s what is in front of it, and those who look at it, we are in that space. There is a different relationship with space than in traditional painting. This phenomenon can’t be photographed. Photography transforms that light into a banal painting in which qualities are static and produced by different greys’ (in ‘Entretien avec Jean Pierrard’, Le Point, 31 March 2003). AC
Kootz Gallery, New York (1963); Edward J. Matthews, New York (1964); acquired at Sotheby’s, London, 2 December 1993.