3 Decembre 1966

Pierre Soulages1966/1966

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art

Notice how the black areas in this painting seem to darken before your eyes. French artist Pierre Soulages has spent his entire career exploring how black paint reflects light and space by creating grand strokes on canvas with a large brush. Unlike the expressive gestures of the Abstract Expressionists seen nearby, Soulages’ work evokes a sense of permanence and architectural weightiness. Inspired in part by church windows, he contrasts his black forms with slivers of light paint, suggesting the feeling of looking out toward a brilliant light from within a darkened interior.


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  • Title: 3 Decembre 1966
  • Creator: Pierre Soulages
  • Date: 1966/1966
  • Location Created: France
  • Provenance: Pierre Soulages, December 1966; M. Knoedler & Co., New York, N.Y., 1968; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr., 1971; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to the Chrysler Museum of Art, 1971.
  • Physical Dimensions: 62 5/8 x 79 1/2 in. (159.1 x 201.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Pierre Soulages / Licensed by ARS, New York, NY
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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