Sunday, November 30, 2008


In a style comparable to Jackson Pollock's Abstract Expressionism, French Canadian artist Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) painted a lot of abstract drips that reached high prices well before his death.

The artist’s record, $1.9 million, was set in 1989. But his prices suffered significantly in the recession of the early 1990s, and it is only in the past few years there has been significantly renewed interest in his work

Riopelle studied under Paul-Émile Borduas in the 1940s and was a member of Les Automatistes movement. He was one of the signers of the Refus global manifesto. In 1949 he moved to Paris and continued his career as an artist, where he commercialized on his image as a "wild Canadian". In 1949 he moved to Paris where he continued his career and capitalized on his image as a "wild Canadian".

In 1969 he was made a Companion of the
Order of Canada, and began to spend more time in Canada. He was specially recognized by UNESCO for his work. One of his largest compositions was originally intended for the Toronto airport, but is now in the Opéra Bastille in Paris.

This Sans titre picture is an oil on canvas and earned $1,6 million in November 2008 at an auction in Toronto (Canada).

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