September 06, 2011

New Book Uncovers Canadian Artist Jean Paul Riopelle’s Techniques and Materials


Melissa Crowley
Getty Publications
(310) 440-6795

LOS ANGELES—Jean Paul Riopelle: The Artist’s Materials (Getty Publications, $40.00, paperback), the second in the Artist’s Materials series, grew out of a research project of the Canadian Conservation Institute. Initial chapters present an overview of Riopelle’s (1923–2002) life and situate his work within the context of twentieth-century art. Subsequent chapters address Riopelle’s materials and techniques, focusing on his oil paintings and mixed media works, and on conservation issues. The preface is by Yseult Riopelle, the artist’s eldest daughter and editor of his catalogue raisonné.

Riopelle was one of the most important Canadian artists of the twentieth century, yet he is relatively unknown in the U.S. He began his career in Montreal in the 1940s, where he played a role in the influential Automatist movement, and established his reputation in the burgeoning art scene of postwar Paris, where his circle included André Breton, Samuel Beckett, and Sam Francis. During his career, Riopelle produced over six thousand works, including more than two thousand paintings.

This first book-length study of the artist in English will interest curators, conservators, conservation scientists, and general readers.

About the Authors: Marie-Claude Corbeil is manager of the Conservation Science Division at the Canadian Conservation Institute in Ottawa. Kate Helwig and Jennifer Poulin are conservation scientists at the CCI.

Publication Information:

Jean Paul Riopelle
The Artist’s Materials
Marie-Claude Corbeil, Kate Helwig, and Jennifer Poulin
Getty Conservation Institute
96 pages, 7 ½ x 10 inches, paperback
28 color and 6 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-086-4, $40.00 [UK £30.00]

Publication Date:  December 20, 2011


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Available at bookstores or through Getty Publications (800-223-3431). Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by the University of Chicago Press and in the U.K. and Europe by Orca Book Services.



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