FALL 2011
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New Publications
Jean Paul Riopelle

By Marie-Claude Corbeil, Kate Helwig, and Jennifer Poulin

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Jean Paul Riopelle (1923–2002) was one of the most important Canadian artists of the twentieth century, yet he is relatively unknown in the United States. He began his career in Montreal in the 1940s, where he played a role in the influential Automatist movement, and he established his reputation in the burgeoning art scene of postwar Paris.

This volume, the second in the Artist's Materials series, grew out of a research project of the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). Initial chapters present an overview of Riopelle's 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. This first book-length study of the artist in English will interest curators, conservators, conservation scientists, and general readers.

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.

This publication can be ordered online through the Getty Museum Store.