Jean Paul Riopelle

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Jean Paul Riopelle was born in Montreal on October 7, 1923. At the age of seventeen, he began studying at the École Polytechnique, but left after less than two years, weary of its overly rigid teaching methods. He was then invited to enroll at the École du Meuble, where he met Paul-Émile Borduas. As part of Borduas' circle, he produced his first abstract works and mixed with those artists who, from 1946 on, were to become known as the Automatists. 1948 proved to be an eventful year for Riopelle: he signed the Refus Global manifesto and, after its publication in August, took part in its public defence. And at the end of that same year, he and his family left to settle in Paris.

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