Pierre Soulages — European abstract art

Pierre Soulages ( born 24 December 1919) is a French painter, engraver, and sculptor. In 2014 François Hollande described him as «the world's greatest living artistBorn in Rodez, Aveyron, in 1919, Soulages is also 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 sees 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.Before World War II, Soulages already had toured museums in Paris seeking his vocation and after wartime military service, he opened a studio in Paris, holding his first exhibition at the Salon des Indépendants in 1947. He also worked as a designer of stage sets.In 1979, Pierre Soulages was made a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
From 1987 to 1994, he produced 104 stained glass windows for the Romanesque Abbey church Sainte-Foy in Conques (Aveyron, France).
Soulages is the first living artist invited to exhibit at the state Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg and later with the Tretyakov Gallery of Moscow (2001).
A composition he created in 1959 sold for 1.200.000 euros at Sotheby's in 2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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