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 [AGNSW collection] and 'Untitled' 1950 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.
oil on canvas
22.0 x 14.0 cm stretcher
Signature & date
Not signed. Dated l.c. verso, ink "1950".
Gift of Marie Brown in memory of Clifford T. Brown 2000
Not on display
© Jean-Paul Riopelle/SODRAC. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Shown in 1 exhibition
(Jean-Paul Riopelle), Galerie Raymond Creuze, Paris, 1950–1950
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' 1949 were given to Klippel in exchange for a sculpture and 6 drawings. This work came from Riopelle's 1950 exhibition at Galerie Creuze, Paris. 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