Provenance Galerie Jacques Dubourg, Paris Arthur Tooth and Sons, London Acquired directly from the above by Frank Avray Wilson
Exhibited London, Arthur Tooth and Sons, The Exploration of Paint: Appel, Dubuffet, Francis, Jenkins, Riopelle, 1957, no.34
Literature Yseult Riopelle, Jean Paul Riopelle: Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I, Montreal 1999, p. 200, no. 1956.015H.1956, illustrated in black and white
"After all, a painter can certainly make a hand of six or seven fingers; each of us sees things from his own viewpoint, just as each of us brings to the picture as he views it something that the painter himself may not see."
The artist quoted in Jean Paul Riopelle, Catalogue Raisonné Volume II, Acatos, 2004, p.106
The work of Jean Paul Riopelle demonstrates his strong understanding of the dramatic potential of paint; this is after all the man who ditched the paintbrush early in the late 1940s to replace it with a palette knife. He was often to be found at work in the studio with a bunch of paint tubes in one hand and his knife in the other, working with paint squeezed directly from the tubes. But his work was about more than just colour; it was also about volume, as the heavy impasto of Granité perfectly demonstrates. With its peaks and dashes of thick oil, the work is almost sculptural in its depth and form. The fact that the current lot was purchased in the late 1950s by one of the major exponents of mid-20th Century British abstraction reveals the wide admiration and influence that Riopelle's work was already inspiring so early in what was to prove a decades-long painting career.