Strongly connected to the natural world, Riopelle used animal imagery throughout his career. Game, domestic or farm animals and birds of prey succeed one another in his work, embodying not only the land, but also an exceptionally keen eye on the world. The exhibition Les Migrations du bestiaire brings together a large number of works by Riopelle revealing his interest in the motif of the animal, an aspect of the Québec artist’s work that, astonishingly, has up until now not been examined.
The monograph Les Migrations du Bestiaire will be launched at the opening of the exhibition. Its 180 pages contain original essays by Simon Blais, Gilles Daigneault, Robert Enright and Yseult Riopelle. This exhibition also coincides with the launch of the Jean Paul Riopelle catalogue raisonné’s fourth volume, which covers the years from 1966 to 1971.