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  • Pierre Soulages
Peinture, 3 Novembre 1958 [Paintings, 3 November 1958]
© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2004

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Peinture, 3 Novembre 1958 [Paintings, 3 November 1958] 1958
The strong horizontal and vertical brushstrokes in this painting show Soulages's interest in oriental calligraphy. In the year this work was painted the artist visited Japan, where he met several calligraphers. Soulages uses broad, solid brushstrokes to create an abstract composition, in which he achieves a careful balance between opposing directions of paint. The appearance of red underneath the heavy black paint gives the painting a sense of warmth. The titles of Soulages's works refer to the date of completion of each, though they may have been begun weeks or months earlier.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.


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Abstract art, Calligraphy


  • Acc. No. GMA 2828
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 161.00 x 113.30 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1984