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An image of Untitled by Jean-Paul Riopelle

Jean-Paul Riopelle

(Canada, France baptised 7 October 1923 – 12 Mar 2002)

Title
Untitled
Year
1949
Media category
Painting
Materials used
oil on canvas
Dimensions

55.0 x 46.0 cm stretcher

Signature & date
Signed and dated u.c. verso, red ink "1949 Riopelle".
Credit
Gift of Marie Brown in memory of Clifford T. Brown 2000
Accession number
164.2000
Copyright
© Jean-Paul Riopelle, 1949/SODRAC. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

Robert Klippel became good friends with Riopelle when he went to Paris in 1948 and just before he left Paris in 1950 they swapped works. 'Untitled' 1949 and 'Untitled' 1950 [AGNSW collection] were given to Klippel in exchange for a sculpture and 6 drawings. Klippel remembers that the 1949 work was hanging in Riopelle's house at the time (and his wife, Françoise, raised some objection to it going) and the smaller work came from Riopelle's 1950 exhibition at Galerie Creuze, Paris.

Klippel gave the paintings to Marie Brown to look after when he went to America in 1957, and later suggested that they should one day be donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in memory of her husband, Clifford, who was a close friend of his.

These small paintings represent a major turning point in Riopelle's painting when he broke away from his earlier, more surrealist style and started to experiment with all over thick impasto paint. He is just beginning to push the paint, wet on wet, which is so characteristic of his later 1950s paintings such as 'Painting' 1957 also in the Gallery's collection.

Provenance (2)

Robert Klippel, 1950-1957, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Klippel became good friends with Riopelle in 1948 while living in Paris. Just before he left Paris in 1950, they swapped works. This and another painting 'Untitled' 1950 were given to Klippel in exchange for a sculpture and 6 drawings. Klippel remembers that this work was hanging in Riopelle's house at the time and his wife, Francoise, raised some objection to it going. Klippel gave the paintings to Mrs Brown in 1957 to look after while he went to America, and later suggested that they should one day be donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in memory of her husband, Clifford, who was a close friend of Klippel's.

Marie Brown, 1957-18 May 2000, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, Gift of Marie Brown 2000