He alternates brilliant and saturated colors on the canvas, creating blobs, scars and reflections that appear differently when the observer changes his position, simulating the wind that shakes the leaves. Like Pollock, he sees himself as an interpreter of nature and refuses to consider his art as abstract.
A superb symphony of colors titled Vent du Nord painted in 1952-1953, 130 x 195 cm, was sold on May 24, 2017 for $ 7.1M CAD including premium by Heffel over a lower estimate of $ 1M CAD.
The forest remains the ultimate goal of this artist whom Breton nicknamed the Trappeur Supérieur. With spots of light emerging amidst the muted colors, La Forêt, 130 x 195 cm painted in 1953, was sold for € 2.04M including premium by Sotheby's on December 9, 2015 over a lower estimate of € 900K.
Like Rothko, Riopelle knows that the large size invites to immersion. An untitled 200 x 300 cm oil on canvas painted in 1953 was sold for € 4.9M including premium by Christie's on December 5, 2017 over a lower estimate of € 1.5M. In the same dimensions, Forestine, painted in 1954 in the same style as La Forêt, is estimated € 2.5M for sale by Sotheby's in Paris on December 5, lot 9.
SOLD for € 4.3M including premium