Fall 2016 - 1st Session Live auction
Lot # 044
Jean Paul Riopelle
AUTO CAS OC QMG RCA SCA 1923 - 2002 Canadian
8h – 31
oil on canvas 1974
signed and on verso titled, inscribed "2" (circled) and stamped 10 F
21 1/2 x 18 in 54.6 x 45.7cm
Pierre Matisse Gallery, New York
Acquavella Modern Gallery, New York
Sigrid Freundorfer Fine Art, New York, 2002
Private Collection, Vancouver
Jean Paul Riopelle ordered his canvases pre-mounted on stretchers, indicating that even before the first swathe of pigment was placed, the parameters of the painting had been established. As illustrated by 8h – 31, Riopelle sometimes further defined his circular-shaped works with a border at the edge of the canvas. His signature palette knife marks are dynamic and deliberate, leading the viewer’s eye around the canvas and into the centre of the composition. The variety of colours Riopelle included in this work is astounding: fiery red, burnt sienna, deep cobalt, bright green, pale and mustard yellow, together with black and white, among others. Unlike his large-scale mosaic paintings from the 1950s with their all-over approach, which seemed to be unrestrained by the size of the canvas, 8h – 31 and the other work from the 1970s in this sale - Iceberg no. 25, lot 23 - are excellent examples of Riopelle’s skills with a more restricted scale.
This work will be included in Yseult Riopelle's forthcoming Volume 5 of the catalogue raisonné on the artist's work.
Estimate: $30,000 ~ $50,000 CAD
Sold For: $38,350.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)