Pierre Soulages

1919 · France

Artist biography

Pierre Soulages is a contemporary artist considered well established, who was born in France. Pierre Soulages was born in 1919. Some of the artist's contemporaries that are born around the same year and in the same country include Alfred Manessier, Nicolas Schöffer and Pierre Soulages.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Pierre Soulages is represented and exhibited by multiple galleries around the world, in countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom, and France. Some of those galleries are Lévy Gorvy | London and Bernard Jacobson Gallery | London in the United Kingdom, and Galerie Vedovi in Belgium. Pierre Soulages' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Return to Nature (Zao Xue Han Zhang) at Lévy Gorvy | Hong Kong in China. The exhibition was open from 26 March 2019 until 18 May 2019. Pierre Soulages' other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; LX by Archeus / Post-Modern (10 March 2020 - 01 May 2020) at LX Arts in New York and Préambules (29 January 2020 - 21 February 2020) at Galerie Brugier-Rigail in Paris.

Pierre Soulages in private collections

On Artland Pierre Soulages' artworks can be found in the collection of Maud Charon and Shaka Loveless, who for instance also has works by other artists including Won Sou-Yeol, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and Hur Kyung-Ae.

Historical Context of France

France strikes out as one of the most prominent agents of modernism. What is today referred to as the avant-garde was pioneered in the first half of the nineteenth century, and embraced innovative and ground-breaking movements such as Impressionism, Post-impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by key figures of the art sphere. Applauded and dominant French artists from the early years of the twentieth century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, although he initially was a Spanish national who settled in France, as well as Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier, to name a few. Paris was thought to be the most influential and intellectual artistic centre at the onset of the century and contributed to the development of such fundamental movements as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others, which flourished in the post war era.

Further Biographical Context for Pierre Soulages

Born in 1919, Pierre Soulages grew up during the 1930s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Pierre Soulages

  • Artworks in Collections 3
  • Exhibitions 17

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