The Painter of Black and Light: Soulages at the Pompidou

Centre Pompidou, French abstractionist Pierre Soulages, Photo: Reuters/Jacky Naegelen (France Entertainment)

"Painting is a play of opacities and transparencies."  ~Pierre Soulages

PARIS -- The Centre Pompidou is putting on a major retrospective to celebrate the work of an artist who the museum calls, "the greatest painter on the current French scene." Approaching his 90th birthday, Pierre Soulages, nicknamed the "painter of black and light," is recognized as a major figure in the genre of abstract art.

Following a National Museum of Modern Art show in 1967, the Centre Pompidou held its first large scale exhibition of Pierre Soulages in 1979. This autumn's show looks back at over 60 years of painting and offers a new reading of the artist's oeuvre, with emphasis on more recent developments in his work.

Soulages brings together over a hundred major works dating from 1946 to the present day, from the striking walnut stain works executed between 1947 and 1949 to the paintings of recent years. The collection displays the dynamism and diversity of the artist's constantly evolving approach. Most of the paintings are being shown for the first time.

Soulages (Oct. 14 - March 8, 2010) @ Centre Pompidou | Website

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