Pierre Soulages; a local artist with an international reputation

Pierre Soulages

Pierre Soulages was born in Rodez, Languedoc-Roussillon in 1919 and lives today in Sète where he has his 'atelier'. He is famous for his love of the colour black which he says is "... both a colour and a non-colour. When light is reflected on black, it transforms and transmutes it." He uses the texture of the black surface of his paintings to reflect light.

Pierre Soulages

He is a leading figure of abstract art and is the most renowned French contemporary artist in the world. He has created more than 1,500 works of art and held countless exhibitions around the globe, with exhibits in some 90 museums. Earlier this year, President Francois Hollande described him as 'the world's greatest living artist.'

The Musée Soulages is dedicated to his work, having received a donation of some 500 of his paintings from post-war oil to his Outrenoir phase. Although most famous for his black paintings the collection shows his works are not just confined to this colour.

Soulages also generously donated some of his works dating from 1951 to 2006 to the Musée Fabre in Montpellier.

Having already established his reputation before World War II, after his wartime military service, he opened a studio in Paris, holding his first exhibition in 1947. From there his long career has seen many honours, awards and accolades, not to mention one of his paintings that he created in 1959 being sold at Southeby's in 2006 for a record 1.2 million Euros.

Pierre Soulages

Although devoted to Soulages, the Musée Soulages also showcases other artists and exhibitions, the latest being 'From Picasso to Jasper Johns', held 14 November 2014 to 8 March 2015.

For more details of tickets and opening times, please visit their website.

Musée Soulages
Jardin du Foirail
12000 Rodez
Email : museesoulages@agglo-grandrodez.fr
Tel : + 33 (0)5 65 73 82 60
Site : www.musee-soulages.grand-rodez.com