Late 19th & early 20th Century Paintings & Decorative Arts Gallery Level 2, NGV International
Pierre Soulages was first introduced to abstract art by Sonia Delaunay, whom he met during the Second World War. Although he had studied painting prior to the war, it wasn’t until 1946 that he was able to begin to paint steadily, and from 1947 onwards he began painting in a completely abstract style. Although Soulages is often associated with Art Informel, a movement that developed in postwar France (also known as Lyrical Abstraction), and Abstract Expressionism, which developed in parallel in America, Soulages rejects these comparisons, arguing that his art is less concerned with spontaneity or improvisation than a careful balancing of line and form to achieve a sense of visual harmony.
Unknown - 20th century
timber, aluminium leaf
209 x 150 x 8 cm
This entry is an example of removing a frame from a painting to re-establish the presentation preferred by the artist.
Painting 6 November, by Pierre Soulages, was acquired in 1998 with a rounded leading edge wooden strip frame finished with aluminium leaf. This frame was fitted over a black painted wooden strip which had been secured to the edge of the painting.
In 2004 the opinion of the artist was sought in relation to the presentation of the painting.
The view expressed was the painting should be displayed without a frame and the edges of the work covered with a single layer of tape to cover the attachment of the canvas.
The framing components were removed in 2005 and the tacking edges covered with archival tape, toned and integrated with the white surface of the front of the painting.