Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures

Title: Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures 
Authors: Collective 
Publisher: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in association with Éditions 5 Continents, Milan 
Format: Hardcover 
Pages: 288 
Illustrations: more than 270 
Dimension: 24 x 28 cm 
Release date: October 2020 
ISBN: 9782891924276 


Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002) is considered one of Canada's most important and prolific artists of the 20th century. This catalogue takes a fresh look at the approach of this Quebec painter and sculptor to reveal the prevalent influence of the North and Indigenous cultures on his body of work.

Drawing from extensive research, the scientific publication sheds light on some of the sources that inspired Riopelle's creative output, particularly during the 1950s and 1970s. It analyzes the artistic and intellectual influences that sparked Riopelle's interest in northern Indigenous communities and traces his travels to the northern territories that marked his art production. Using an interdisciplinary approach that combines art history and anthropology, the catalogue gives us a better understanding of Riopelle's imagination while paying tribute to the Indigenous communities and their material cultures that inspired him.