Pierre Soulages from every angle… From December 11, 2019 to March 9, 2020 the Louvre dedicates a retrospective to the king of the dark. An exceptional tribute for the painter’s 100th birthday (he was born on December 24, 1919) through a unique and private exhibition in the prestigious Salon Carré set between the Galerie Apollon and the Grande Galerie.
The perfect room since the artist particularly enjoys it. The reason? Italian Primitives are displayed here, “whose works illustrate for him the evolution of Occidental painting and the moving to a tridimensional representation of the space”. About the exhibition, the latter will be “a selection of major works, each from these past seven decades, coming from the biggest museums in France and abroad”.
The idea behind this retrospective? “Showing at the same time the continuity of an entire work made inside the same conception of an abstraction” particularly showing “purely classifying titles (technique, dimensions, date) and the break that came halfway in 1979 and leading to a new painting”. It’s at this time that Pierre Soulages offers what would become his favorite colors “outrenoir” [Beyond Black].
An exhibition that also shows the "continuity of the work, but also the different moments bond by the will to make light come by contrast with the black color and the clear parts by overlaying or scraping or even applying a unique pigment." All in all, an exhibition that plays with light and the relationship between dark and light, a characteristic of Soulages’s work. In other words, an exhibition with lots of shades to discover for black and its hues lovers. Shall we go there, friends?
From 11 December 2019 to 9 March 2020
Musée du Louvre
Pyramide - Cour Napoléon
75001 Paris 1
Métro Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre
Billet exposition + musée: 17 €
Ouvert du 9h à 18h, de 9h à 22h les mercredis et vendredis. Fermé le mardi.