oil on canvas
54 x 73 cm (21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.)
signed lower right
Riopelle's style in the 1940s changed quickly from Surrealism to Lyrical Abstraction, a variation of abstract expressionism, in which he used myriad tumultuous cubes and triangles of multicolored elements, facetted with a palette knife, spatula, or trowel, on often large canvases to create powerful atmospheres. His voluminous impasto became just as important as color. His oil painting technique allowed him to paint thick layers, producing peaks and troughs as copious amounts of paint were applied to the surface of the canvas.