Pierre Soulages

Composition2004


Brou de noix on paper laid on canvas
92 x 75 cm
Signed
Certificate from the artist

Description

Les peintures sur papier de Pierre Soulages forment un cheminement parallèle et complémentaire à l'oeuvre sur toile, comportant parfois des anticipations fulgurantes sur celle-ci.

Le brou de noix est considéré comme un marqueur de son oeuvre, il commence à l'utiliser dès 1947.  Il choisit ce médium pour sa couleur, allant du brun au noir, son pouvoir teintant et sa texture très fluide. Le brou de noix occupe ici l'espace, il impose une horizontalité monumentale et grave, impressionne par la netteté et par l'autorité de son tracé. Ce n' est pas le motif qui intéresse Soulages, mais bien l'interaction du papier clair laissé en réserve en bas cette oeuvre avec le brou de noix foncé. Ce n'est pas tant le noir qui le motive mais le surgissement de la lumière.

 

Provenance

Haim Chanin Fine Art New York

Private Collection, France

Christie's Auction, Paris

Galerie Traits Noirs, Toulouse

Private Collection, Monaco

Exhibited

Haim Chanin Fine Art New York, 2005

Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages was born in Rodez, Rouergue, December 24, 1919.

In 1946, he moved to Paris and made many charcoal drawings on a rather geometric background.

The first solo exhibition of Pierre Soulages at the Lydia CONTI gallery took place in 1949.

 The painting of Pierre Soulages is like a chord on a vast keyboard, with two hands together - plastered and held. His compositions look beyond the details of nature. It is not a description of something, nor a symbol of anything other than itself, it is in itself an integrated visual unit.

In this aesthetic organization, Soulages sees a relationship with the organization of nature.

Soulages has widely used transparencies, by pulling on canvas, using a knife. With a scrapbook, he digs in straight lines the fresh layer under jascente, sometimes going to find the canvas. It produces intensely bright and yet dark fields of color.

For Soulages, painting is a living object, a poetic object "That's what I do that teaches me what I'm looking for"

Pierre Soulages is one of the pillars of lyrical abstraction. A great retrospective at the Center Georges Pompidou in 2009 paid homage.