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Object of the week - The largest silkscreen Pierre Soulages

Pierre SOULAGES - Silkscreen n°16, 1981 - Original handsigned silkscreen

He is the painter of the outrenoir, Pierre Soulages celebrates this year his centenary and not in the most banal of ways since the Louvre is devoting a tribute exhibition to him in the prestigious Salon Carré. This exhibition will retrace his journey since 1946 through some twenty works and recent works.

This week, we present you an exceptional silkscreen print by Pierre Soulages made in 1981. Measuring 105.5 x 75 cm, it is the largest print ever made by the artist. Signed in pencil, it is numbered on 250 copies and referenced in the BNF #108 catalogue raisonné.

Pierre Soulages began his abstract work after the Second World War and fell into the black monochrome without having really desired it. One day, he covers a canvas in black and is not really satisfied with what he has achieved, that he is going "too far". He looks back on his work a few hours later to finally realize that it has not been dark but that it is the light that is at the heart of the work. For him, black represents an obsession, a leitmotiv, a quest for light.


Born in 1919 in Rodez (Aveyron, France), Pierre Soulages is a french painter and engraver associated since the end of the 1940's to abstract art. He is particuliarly known for his use of reflects in the «black» color, which he called "noir-lumière" or "outrenoir". He realized about 1 550 paintings all called «Peinture» followed by their size, he is one of the major representatives of informal painting. Since 1975 the painter received many prizes (Great Prize of painting of Paris, Rembrandt Prize, Great national painting prize, Praemium Imperiale «Painting» category ...). The Soulages museum in Rodez, launched in 2014, keeps the artist's greatest collection in the world.

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