Described in 2014 as ‘the world’s greatest living artist’, Pierre Soulages paintings are known for their endless black depth. He has said ‘my instrument is not black, but the light reflected from the black’. Soulages paintings are known for their endless black depth created by playing with the light reflected off the texture of the paint. Applying the paint in thick layers, Soulages’ painting technique includes using objects such as spoons, tiny rakes and bits of rubber to work away at the painting, often making scraping, digging or etching movements depending on whether he wants to evoke a smooth or rough surface. The texture that is then produced either absorbs or rejects light, breaking up the surface of the painting by disrupting the uniformity of the black. He often uses bold cuts in vertical and horizontal lines, the crevasses and forms created by using angles and contours. Instead of having titles, Soulages paintings are named by their size and date of production.
We at LuMu never tire of these timeless, contemporary art produced by this incredible artist and today we celebrate his incredible body of work which is currently displayed in over 100 museum exhibitions worldwide.
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