Jean-Paul Riopelle

Born October 7, 1923 in Montreal, Quebec – Died March 12, 2002 in Isle-aux-Grues, Quebec


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Jean Paul Riopelle, enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Montreal 1942, then in at the Ecole du Meuble, graduating in 1945. There he studied with Paul-Emile Borduas, a teacher who was extremely dedicated to his students and gave them a great deal of freedom. It was under Borduas direction that Riopelle made his first abstract painting. Borduas and several of his students, including Riopelle, formed a group that worked, socialized and exhibited together . The group that also included painters Marcel Barbeau, Roger Fauteux, Pierre Gauvreau, Fernand Leduc and Jean-Paul Mousseau, became known as the Automatistes for their spontaneous method of painting, which drew on the subconscious as a source. In 1946 Riopelle first travelled to France, where he would return and settle the following year. In 1948 Borduas authored the manifesto Refus global, which was signed by a number of his students, including Riopelle.

He exhibited with the leading avant-garde dealers around the world including, Galerie Maeght, Nina Dausset, Paul Fachetti, Galerie Craven, Pierre Matisse, Gimple Fils, Jacques Dubourg, Dominion Gallery, Arthur Tooth, Anne Abels, Laing Galleries, Agnes Lefort and others.

Riopelle’s work is represented in every major modern art museum in the world.

The current auction record for work of art by Jean-Paul Riopelle is US $2,310,293.

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