Exhibition Soulages at the Louvre
from December 11, 2019 to March 9, 2020
Raphaël Gaillarde, Portrait de Pierre Soulages
© Collection Raphaël Gaillarde, dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Raphaël Gaillarde © RMN-Grand Palais-Gestion droit d’auteur pour Raphaël Gaillarde © ADAGP, Paris 2019 pour Pierre Soulages.
Pierre Soulages, “painter of black and light,” is a major figure of non-figurative painting, recognized as such since the start of his career after World War II. Born on December 24, 1919, in Rodez (south of France), Soulages, who continues to produce work at a steady pace, is celebrating his 100th birthday at the end of this year. To mark this event, the Musée du Louvre is devoting an exceptional exhibition to the artist in the prestigious Salon Carré, which is located between the Galerie d’Apollon and the Grande Galerie and used to house the Paris Salon.
This tribute exhibition traces the chronological development of Soulages’s work from 1946 to the present day, through a limited selection of pieces created over eight decades of artistic research. Soulages’s exceptionally long career is illustrated by some of his major works, most of them from prominent French and foreign museums. The exhibition covers every period, with a focus on the outrenoir polyptychs. It also presents a number of very large paintings executed in recent months, demonstrating the remarkable vitality of Soulages, who has never stopped working.
Alfred Pacquement, Honorary Director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne
Under the direction of Alfred Pacquement.
Co-published by Musée du Louvre éditions / Gallimard, 176 p., 80 images
From December 11, 2019 to March 9, 2020
Salon Carré (Denon wing, level 1)
Admission (permanent collections + exhibitions):
€15 at the museum
€17 online (quick entry to the museum in less than 30 minutes)
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