RIOPELLE, Jean-Paul : 1923 - 2002

Born in Montreal in 1923, Riopelle founded the Automatist movement with Paul-Émilie Borduas after the Second World War. Settling in Paris in 1947, he joined the heady artistic and literary world of the French capital: becoming acquainted with Breton, Francis, Beckett, Artaud, Arp, Giacometti, Miro and Calder among others.

With a world-wide reputation among the artists of the 20th Century, works of Riopelle can be admired in collections as prestigious as those of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.