Pierre Soulages

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Juillet, 1986 55x46cm © courtesy of the artist & Galerie Birch
god, 1950 © courtesy of the artist & Galerie Birch
Peinture, 4 janvier 2005 , 2005 Acrylic On Canvas H: 324 X W: 181 Cm / H: 127.6 X W: 71.3 In © Courtesy of the artist & Galerie Karsten Greve AG, St. Moritz
Peinture , 1976 Oil On Canvas H: 130 X W: 102 Cm / H: 51.2 X W: 40.2 In © courtesy of the artist & Duhamel Fine Art
Peinture, 15 Septembre 2009 Acrylic On Canvas 170 X 181 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Quick Facts
Rodez, France
Birth year
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Current Exhibitions and Events
Jun, 2018
Art Informel
Omer Tiroche Gallery
Jun, 2018
Un Art Autre
Omer Tiroche Gallery

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.