1923 - 2002
Jean-Paul Riopelle, CC, painter (born 7 October 1923 in Montréal, QC; died 12 March 2002 in Isle-aux-Grues, QC). One of the original signatories, along with Paul-Émile Borduas, of the Refus Global, Jean-Paul Riopelle was one of the first Canadian artists to gain major international recognition. A Companion of the Order of Canada and a Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec, Riopelle represented Canada at the 1962 Venice Biennale, and received a large retrospective at the Musée National d’Art, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 1981 (the show eventually travelled to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal). His work is featured in museum collections in the National Gallery of Canada, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.
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