7 October 1923: Birthday of Jean-Paul Riopelle, Canadian painter and sculptor (d. 2002) (Source)

Jean-Paul Riopelle – Photograph by Maurice Perron 1947 (Source)

Jean-Paul Riopelle, CC GOQ RCA (October 7, 1923 – March 12, 2002) was a painter and sculptor from Quebec, Canada. He had one of the longest and most important international careers of the sixteen signatories of the Refus Global, the 1948 manifesto that announced the Quebecois artistic community’s refusal of clericalism and provincialism. He is best known for his abstract painting style, in particular his “mosaic” works of the 1950s when he famously abandoned the paintbrush, using only a palette knife to apply paint to canvas, giving his works a distinctive sculptural quality. He became the first Canadian painter (since James Wilson Morrice) to attain widespread international recognition. (Source)

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