JEAN PAUL RIOPELLE, R.C.A.
oil on canvas
signed; titled to the stretcher
18 ins x 24 ins; 45.7 cms x 61 cms
The artist and critic, Jeffrey Spalding, has described Riopelle’s work as “commanding, virtuoso performances in mass, colour and shape”. Further, “he never seems to have an off day.” Trompette embodies these glorious qualities, hard edges moving into flowing curves as the palette crescendos, rendering order from seeming chaos.
Simultaneously hedonistic and restrained, Trompette exhibits the best of Riopelle’s work from the mid to late 1960s. While Riopelle found international fame in the 1950s, it was not until 1962 that he was chosen to represent Canada at the Venice Biennale.
Trompette stands as an exquisite example of Riopelle’s maturity as an artist and the purity of his abstraction.
Yseult Riopelle, Jean-Paul Riopelle Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 4, 1966-1971, Hibou Éditeurs, Montreal, 2014, reproduced page 171, catalogue #1969.027H.1969.
Galerie Maeght, Paris
Private Collection, Burlington, Ontario