Pierre SoulagesPeinture
Oil on canvas
102 x 130 cm
Inquiry - Peinture, 2016

Artist's biography

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 him, 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.