Pierre Soulages  (French, 1919) 

Pierre Soulages (French, b.1919), a leading member of Art Informel and European Abstract Expressionist movements, was inspired by painters such as Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne early in his life. Soulages was born in Rodez, France, and traveled to Paris at the age of 18 to get to know the art scene. He visited Montpellier’s School of Fine Arts while called to military service in the city in 1941. After World War II, Soulages returned to Paris, where he was able to fully concentrate on painting, and soon became known as a representative of the European movement of Abstract Expressionism.

He created compositions of black bars in front of a white ground, influenced by East Asian calligraphy, which Soulages learned about while traveling in Japan. His work is also influenced by Romanesque architecture and Celtic monuments from his home region. A turning point in his career is marked by his Outrenoir series of black monochromatic paintings, which he began in 1979. Soulages has exhibited his work at the documenta shows in Kassel, Germany since the 1950s and 1960s, and has held several retrospectives throughout Europe. In 1994, he received the Praemium Imperiale Prize in Japan. Soulages currently lives in Paris and Sète, in southern France; his most recent exhibitions include a large-scale retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, celebrating his 90th birthday.

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Pierre Soulages, Peinture 1947


Pierre Soulages
Peinture 1947

Pierre Soulages, Lithograph Number 23


Pierre Soulages
Lithograph Number 23

Rands Fine Art
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Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages, Gouache sur papier 65 x 50 cm


Pierre Soulages
Gouache sur papier 65 x 50 cm

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Pierre Soulages, Peinture 222 x 85 cm, 30 décembre 2002


Pierre Soulages
Peinture 222 x 85 cm, 30 décembre 2002
Opera Gallery
Pierre Soulages, 17 Janvier 1974


Pierre Soulages
17 Janvier 1974
Opera Gallery
Pierre Soulages, Lithographie n° 42


Pierre Soulages
Lithographie n° 42

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Lithographie N°21, 1969


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Pierre Soulages, Sérigraphie N°3


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Sérigraphie N°3, 1974


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1919   Born in Rodez, France (December 24th)
1949 - 1952   Designed stage sets
1976   Recipient, the Rembrandt Award
1984   Recipient, the Praemium Imperiale
1987   Recipient, the Great National Award for Painting
  Lives and works in Paris and Sète
2013   XXI Century, Villa Medicis, Rome, Italy
2010 - 2011   Pierre Soulages, Berliner Festspiele. Eine Ausstellung des Centre Pompidou, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (solo)
2009   Pierre Soulages, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2009   Drawings and selected Prints, Galerie Boisserée, Cologne, Germany
2009   Soulages. Le temps du papier, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
2007   Inauguration of the Soulages room at the Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France
2007   Pierre Soulages, Institut Valencià d’Art Moderne, Valencia, Spain
2006   Pierre Soulages. Painting the Light, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2006   Estampes de Pierre Soulages, Salle d’exposition Carmel, Tarbes, France
2006   Pierre Soulages. Die Farbe Schwarz, das Licht , die Malerei, Westfälisches Landesmuseum Münster für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Munster, Germany
2005   Museé Ordrupgaard, Kopenhagen, Charlottenlund, Denmark
2005   Pierre Soulages: American Selections, Trumball Museum, Ohio, USA
2005   Outrenoir, recent paintings, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Works on paper, Haim Chanin Fine Arts, New York, NY (solo)
2003   Soulages. L'oeuvre imprimé, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France (solo)
2002   Eaux-fortes et bronzes, Musée Rignault, Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France (solo)
2001   Musée de l'Ermitage, Saint-Petersburg (solo)
Nouvelle Galerie Tretiakov, Moscow (solo)
2000   Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne (peintures 1999-2000) (solo)
Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (solo)
1999   Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland (rétrospective) (solo)
Galerie Rieder, Munich, Germany (solo)
Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France (oeuvres récentes 1994-1999) (solo)
1976   Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela (rétrospective) (solo)
Museo, Maracaïbo, Venezuela (rétrospective) (solo)
Fundaçao Cultural, Brasilia, Brazil (rétrospective) –solo
Museu da Universidad, Sao Paulo, Brazil (rétrospective) (solo)
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (rétrospective) (solo)
Musée d'Art et d'Industrie, Saint-Etienne, France (rétrospective) (solo)
1968   Comité d'établissement du Crédit Lyonnais, Paris (solo)
Knoedler Gallery, New York, NY (paintings since 1963) (solo)
Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, USA (paintings since 1963) (solo)
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA (paintings since 1963) (solo)
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, Canada (rétrospective) (solo)
Musée du Quebec, Quebec, Canada (rétrospective) (solo)
1949   Galerie Lydia Conti, Paris, France (solo)