TEFAF Maastricht March 10 - 18, 2018

Jean-Paul Riopelle's ‘Sans titre' was executed during a period of transition in his stylistic output. Having previously painted using the method of action painting synonymous with Jackson Pollock, Riopelle turned towards more conventional painting techniques. Sans titre, while bearing many of the hallmarks of a certain American Abstract Expressionist style, reveals a more methodical process where saturated colour is built up in layers and applied using a palette knife. However, as a work on paper he could not afford to use such heavy impastos as was his practice in oil painting. ‘Sans titre' perhaps represents the introduction of a new aesthetic where the sheer weight of paint had to be reduced due the very nature of the medium. The manifestation of this is apparent as areas of paper remain exposed; creating a void that brings passages of calm to the frenetic movement around it.
The subsequent effect is a visual patchwork of vibrant, luminous colours that are brought together harmoniously despite the seemingly energetic and free technique. By the mid to late 1950s Riopelle was at his peak – his understanding of the application of paint and the diversity of sources for his inspiration (from deep Canadian forests to post-war Paris) produced a magnificent body of work in the years running up to his prolific, but less interesting, 1960s output.

TEFAF Maastricht March 10 - 18, 2018

TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Stand 532, Modern section

We will be exhibiting a range of 20th century works of art that reflect the cross-currents in European and American art of the time. One of our centrepieces will be a beautiful oil painting by the American Abstract Expressionist painter, Joan Mitchell, painted at her studio in Vétheuil on the River Seine in 1972 – typical of this period but more lyrical and indeed ‘European' than many of her American paintings. This will be complemented by a group of Abstract Expressionist works by the American Norman Bluhm, the German-American Friedel Dzubas, the Dutch-American Willem de Kooning, and the Canadian Jean-Paul Riopelle.

The other main centrepieces are two works, each more than 2m high, by Robert Rauschenberg, the subject of a recent ‘blockbuster' exhibition at Tate Modern and today one of the most influential artists in both Europe and America. Further highlights include an important 1932 oil painting by Fernand Léger, a 1950 beach scene by the same artist, and a 1913 cubist composition by the Mexican painter, Angél Zarraga. We will have some great examples from the artists' estates we represent, most notably Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Georges Folmer, works that have been released specially for TEFAF 2018. Meanwhile among the highly collectable works on paper that we will be showing is an interesting composition by the Italian master Gino Severini.

For more information, please contact Jonathan Dodd (+44 7860 313 633) or Ray Waterhouse (+ 1 917 821 3131).