(1923 - 2002)
Jean-Paul Riopelle was active/lived in Quebec / Canada, France. JeanPaul Riopelle is known for abstract expressionist painting.
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Biography Jean-Paul Riopelle
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Riopelle was born in Montreal, Canada in 1923. He was the only son of
an architect and began painting when only eight years old. He later
studied engineering at Montreal Polytechnique but switched to the
serious study of art in the early 1940s. He moved to Paris in the
1940s where he became close friends with Albert Giacometti, Joan Miro
and Samuel Beckett.
Riopelle served as a fighter pilot near the end of World War II. After the war he
to France where he built an international reputation in the 1950s and
mingled with the intellectual celebrities of the era. He was a member
of the informal group of expatriate artists known as the Ecole de
Paris, which included Marc Ch
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