Size: 23.5 x 24 inches
Artist: Jean-Paul Riopelle
This vintage exhibition poster features the art of Jean-Paul Riopelle, a Montreal-born artist who became the first Canadian painter since James Wilson Morrice to attain widespread international recognition. In the 1940s, his style evolved from Surrealism to Lyrical Abstraction (related to abstract expressionism), in which he used myriad tumultuous cubes and triangles of multicolored elements, facetted with a palette knife, spatula, or trowel, on often large canvases to create powerful atmospheres. His work is now largely characterized as being in the Abstract Expressionist style, and his paintings were sometimes even compared to Jackson Pollock's!
The poster makes reference to Galerie Maeght, a French modern art gallery founded in 1936. They were also one of the foremost Parisian printers of the time, regularly producing the lithographs for their exhibitions. This original lithograph was created for an exhibition which took place in the fall of 1980 and focused on Riopelle's pastels.