His oeuvre was an archive of his journey to understand black pigment’s primordial origins and its paradoxical role as a portal to light.
Soulages is not a reductive painter, but an artist who enlarges our sense of tradition by demonstrating the infinite potential of a single pigment.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Russians rob Pierre Soulages, another dog sculpture scampers off, antiquities dealer busted selling loot, and more.
For many, Pierre Soulages was regarded as the Parisian counterpart to the abstract expressionists in New York. The only problem was that the French audience, in general, appeared less interested in his work than the Americans.