Black is an exhibition celebrating the 100th birthday
France’s foremost living artist through a presentation of works spanning from the 1960s to
This focus invites viewers to consider the impact of a practice that has infused profound
radical abstraction through its adherence to a single material: black paint.
It’s fascinating to think that as soon as man came into existence, he
Peinture 65 x 81 cm,
7 octobre 1968 oil on canvas, 65 x 81 cm (25.5 x 31.9 in)
From the start of his career now spanning over eight decades, Pierre Soulages
free himself from all academic and cultural constraints as well as from all traditional aesthetic
opted for radical and instinctive ways of expression through total abstraction. Known as the
of black and light”, he creates vibrating, glistening and ever changing works of art that
understanding of the spatial and temporal dimensions of painting.
Black is never the same because light changes it.
Peinture 162 x 130
cm, 13 novembre 1969 oil on canvas, 162 x 130 cm (63.8 x 51.2 in)
Pierre Soulages works are featured in the collections of more than 300
museums, including the MoMA in New York, the Tate in London and the National Gallery of Art in
D.C. In 2014, the Musée Soulages opened in his hometown of Rodez, France. Solo exhibitions of
work opened simultaneously at the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou in Paris in December 2019 to
artist’s 100th birthday.
Peinture 81 x 130
cm, 5 janvier 2008 oil on canvas, 81 x 130 cm (31.9 x 51.2 in)
I like the authority of the black. It is a colour that does not compromise. A
colour but which nevertheless encourages interiorisation. Both colour and non-colour. When light is
reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field all of its
Brou de noix 1999 walnut stain on paper laid on canvas, 54,5 x 54,5 cm (21.5 x 21.5 in)