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Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages

Legendary artist
  • 1 works

Pierre Jean Louis Germain Soulages is a French painter, printmaker and sculptor. In 2014, French President François Hollande described him as "the greatest living artist in the world." His works are held by major museums around the world, and there is a museum dedicated to his art in his hometown of Rodez.

Soulages is known as "the painter of black", because of his interest in color "both as color and as non-color. When light reflects on black, it transforms and transmutes it. It opens up a mental field of its own. He considered light as a working material; the striations on the black surface of his paintings allow him to reflect light, allowing black to emerge from darkness and enter clarity, becoming a luminous color.

Soulages created 104 stained glass windows for the Romanesque architecture of the abbey church of Sainte-Foy in Conques from 1987 to 1994. He has received international awards, and the Louvre in Paris organized a retrospective of his work on the occasion of his centenary.

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Pierre Soulages
56 x 76 cm

Pierre Soulages's Career

Superior School of Fine Arts of Montpellier

Group Exhibitions

Collections of Soulages' works are held by many museums, including:

  • Center Georges Pompidou (Paris)
  • Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • Soulages Museum (Rodez)
  • Museum of Modern Art (New York)
  • Museum of Modern Art (Rio de Janeiro)
  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York)
  • Tate Gallery (London)
  • 1953 : Prize at the São Paulo Biennial
  • 1957: Grand prize at the Tokyo Biennale for his painting Painting 195 × 130 cm, July 20, 1956
  • 1958: Grand Prize at the International Biennial of Printmaking in Ljubljana
  • 1964: Carnegie Prize for his painting Painting 256 × 202 cm, 24 November 1963
  • 1975: Grand Prix of the City of Paris in the "Painting" category
  • 1976: Rembrandt Prize
  • 1986: Grand prix national de peinture
  • 1992: Praemium Imperiale in the "Painting" category
  • 2007: Julio González Prize
  • 2019 : Grand prix du rayonnement français