Pierre Soulages

French (born 1919)
Pierre Soulages Lithographie No. 6 (Lithograph No. 6) 1957 © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017.


Born 1919
Nationality French

Soulages was born in Rodez in the south of France and was predominantly self-taught as an artist. He moved to Paris in 1946, where he took up painting seriously. Following his first solo exhibition in 1949 Soulages became known as one of the leading exponents of 'Tachisme'. His paintings typically feature broad and powerfully applied strokes of black paint arranged in horizontal and vertical bands, which intersect and overlap each other. Soulages's work has an air of controlled spontaneity and shows the influence of oriental calligraphy.