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Splendid, Soulages

One of the paintings by Pierre Soulages on exhibit at the Opera Gallery in Paris. Pierre Soulages (born in 1919), Painting, 92x 73 cm, 3 April 1974, Oil on Canvas. Signed on the bottom left, « Soulages »; signed and dated in the top right on the back. ©Courtesy OPERA GALLERY. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — As France gradually re-emerges and re-opens from the health-situation related closures, the art galleries are once again enjoying welcoming the public to a host of fine exhibitions. The prestigious Opera Galley located across the street from the presidential palace is welcoming one of the great, living contemporary artists into its beautifully appointed Art Deco gallery that stretches out over multi-levels on the prestigious Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Thirteen works by the master of black, Pierre Soulages have been on show since May 19th, when the galleries re-opened their doors. So if you can’t be in Paris right now, The Gourmet Gazette brings the show to you.

One of the paintings by Pierre Soulages on exhibit at the Opera Gallery in Paris. Pierre Soulages (Born in 1919), Painting 324 x 181 cm, 12 February 2005, Acrylic on canvas, Panel painting (4 superimposed frames: 2: 81 x181 cm, 1 de 91 x 181 cm, 1: 71 x 181 cm), Signed, titled and dated on the back on the top right: « SOULAGES, painting 324 x 181 cm, 12 February 2005 » ©Courtesy OPERA GALLERY. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The emblematic paintings on display illustrate the painters Beyond Black period, an experience he forged himself and which defines the most characteristic part of his work. This is radical abstraction and black is for Soulages a quest, « The totality of this pigment covers the canvas, but I don’t work with this pigment, as bizarre as that may seem. What interests me is the reflection of light on the surfaces of this color black, surfaces that vary, » he said. The show is being played out on the ground floor of the beautifully-appointed gallery, which is part of a network of galleries, was created by Gilles Dyan in 1974. The group of 13 galleries which are found throughout the world from New York to Singapore to Aspen and beyond, exhibits artists like Picasso, Calder, Warhol, Haring and Soulages among others.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette
The Soulages show is on until June 12th
https://www.operagallery.com/

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