India ink on card on canvas 87 x 66 cm. Framed. Signed 'Soulages'. - With studio and slight traces of age.
The present work is registered in the artist's archive. We would like to thank Colette Soulages, Sète, for helpful information.
Galerie de France, Paris; Private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia
Paris 1963 (Galerie de France), Soulages, peintures sur papier 1946-1963, exhib. cat. no p. with pl. 10
Copenhagen 1963 (Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek), Soulages, malerier og raderinger
Editions Ides et Calendes (ed.), Soulages, Neuchâtel 1972, cat. no. 83, p. 131 with illus.
Pierre Soulages' abstract art is indebted to the desire for the deepest possible painterly and spiritual intensity. He starts from what he has experienced and seen and brings it to the picture surface with powerful conciseness. His painting is the expression of an inner confrontation that the artist himself only becomes aware of after the painting process has been completed. "What I do teaches me about what I am looking for. Painting is always preceded by reflection." (quoted from: Pierre Soulages, exhib. cat. Kestner-Gesellschaft Hanover 1960/61, p.9).
An early starting point was the reduced depiction of bare trees in winter, which prepared the way for the linear contrasts of light and dark in his later work. Around 1946, the artist turned away from figurative depictions altogether. Over the years, the solid graphic networks of lines that now emerge become freer and increasingly play with the contrast between density and permeability. From the end of the 1950s, black color bars covered the picture ground in flowing gestural sweeps, sometimes overlapping and repeatedly allowing the light background to shine through in transparent and semi-transparent sections. The dynamics that determine the painting process become a perfect expression of meditative calm in the finished work. The work presented here is dedicated to the greatest possible contrast between the deepest black and the lightest, unpainted areas, creating a balanced interplay of drama and lightness.
Composed of several subsidiaries, the Drouot Group is a major player in the art market. Hôtel Drouot, located in the heart of Paris, has been the world's largest public auction center since 1852. 15 salerooms are available to more than 70 auction houses. The emulation generated by an annual offer of 230,000 artworks from 21 major specialities - from Antiquity to street art - attracts some 3,000 visitors every day. The Group's digital platform, Drouot.com, offers digital sales - Live auctions (live broadcasting and participation in auctions), Online-only auctions (dematerialised auctions) and Buy Now sales (sales of lots at fixed prices). Nearly 2 million items are offered annually by 600 auction houses. Auction news is reported every week in La Gazette Drouot, the leading weekly magazine for the art market and culture published by Auctionspress.