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Jean Paul Riopelle

1923 (Montréal) / 2020 (Saint-Antoine-de-l'Isle-aux-Grues (Canada))
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"He is not an abstract painter because he reproduced nature, either by minifying it or magnifying it," says Dr. Champlain-Charest, that crucial friend who came into Riopelle's life in 1968. While still living in France, Riopelle returned once or twice a year to hunt and fish with this nomadic friend who shared his passions. In 1974, Riopelle built himself a studio near Champlain's home in Estérel, in the Laurentians, and the two became members of the private (and highly prized) hunting club on Ile aux Oies, one of the 21 islands in the vast archipelago of Ile aux Grues in the fleuve Saint-Laurent: "Something about this place surpasses reality and gives rise to another life, larger than life, without limits."

Basil Zarov.
Jean Paul Riopelle at the Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson studio (detail).
Around 1976, black and white photograph.
Ottawa, Library and Archives Canada.
© Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle / SOCAN.
Photo © Library and Archives Canada. Reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada/Basil Zarov fonds

Artist's issues

Artist's exhibitions

United States of Abstraction. Artistes américains en France, 1946-1964

29/04/2021 - 27/06/2021
(Nantes) Musée d'arts de Nantes

Riopelle : à la rencontre des territoires nordiques et des cultures autochtones

21/11/2020 - 12/09/2021
(Montréal) MBAM - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal

Mémoires d’atelier, Jean Paul Riopelle

15/10/2010 - 30/12/2010
(Paris) Galerie Jean-François Cazeau