Pierre Soulages

1919, Rodez, France – 2022, Nîmes, France


Painting (April 21, 1964), 1964

Oil on canvas, 73 х 100 см

Acquisition: Gift from the artist

Reference: 00586



Pierre Jean Louis Germain Soulages was a French painter, printmaker, and sculptor. In 2014, President François Hollande of France described him as “the world’s greatest living artist.” His works are held by leading museums of the world, and there is a museum dedicated to his art in his hometown of Rodez.

Soulages is known as “the painter of black”, owing to his interest in the colour “both as a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens a mental field all its own.” He saw light as a work material; striations of the black surface of his paintings enable him to reflect light, allowing the black to come out of darkness and into brightness, thus becoming a luminous colour.

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