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Pierre Soulages

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Rodez, France

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Pierre Soulages is a French painter, engraver and sculptor. He is known as "the painter of black" because of his interest in the colour ("Both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its own."). He sees light as a matter to work with; striating the black surface of his paintings enables him to make the light reflect, allowing the black to come out from darkness and into brightness, thereby becoming a luminous colour.

From 1987 to 1994, he produced 104 stained glass windows for the romanesque Abbey church Sainte-Foy in Conques (Aveyron, France). In 2006, a composition of 1959 sold for 1.200.000 euros at Sotheby's.

You can visit his official web site here.

Portrait photo courtesy of the artist and Robert Miller Gallery.

Recent Exhibits

Pierre Soulages participated in these exhibits:

Jul, 2014 Artist's Artists: James Siena, Josh Smith, and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints
IPCNY International Print Center New York
Jul, 2014 Artist's Artists: James Siena, Josh Smith, and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints
International Print Center New York
Apr, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Dominique Lévy Gallery
Apr, 2014 Solo Exhibition
Galerie Perrotin New York
Feb, 2014 View/Review: Contemporary Masters
Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Nov, 2013 Hantaï, Hartung, Soulages, Tàpies
Timothy Taylor
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