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Jean Paul Riopelle

(1923 - 2002)

Riopelle studied at the École des Beaux Arts in Montreal from 1943 to 1944 and had his first solo exhibition in 1945. The next year, he participated in the first Automatist exhibition in Montreal, followed by a show that he and Fernand Leduc organized in Paris. Riopelle then moved permanently to Paris, where his career catapulted internationally. He has been extensively exhibited, including at the Guggenheim and Pierre Matisse Gallery in New York, Museum of Modern Art, Brazil; Galerie d'Art Moderne, Basel; the National Gallery of Canada; the XXVI Venice Biennial and The XXXI International Biennial of Art in Italy, where he was awarded the Unesco prize in 1962. In 2006 the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts organized a retrospective exhibition which was presented at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Musée Cantini in Marseilles, France. Riopelle was made a Companion of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec.

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