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Roseline Granet

Le grand Jean-Paul

2003
Presentation of the artwork
The sculpture in the likeness of artist Jean-Paul Riopelle is installed in the south part of the eponymous square, near Rue Saint-Antoine West. Although it portrays the artist at the age of 45–47 years, when he produced La Joute, the artwork has no visual relationship with the imposing fountain installed in the north part of the square.

It is a life-size, full-round portrait made of bronze. Riopelle’s face is turned to the right, his right hand rests on his hip, and his right foot is placed slightly forward. The surface of the artwork is granular, and the sculpture gives the impression of movement.

In this artwork, Roseline Granet pays tribute to her great friend. In 1997, she had exhibited a series of sculptures portraying Riopelle in natural poses.
Associated events
Jean-Paul Riopelle was born in Montréal on 7 October 1923. A student of Paul-Émile Borduas’s when he attended the École du meuble, Riopelle later became a member of the Automatist group. In 1948, he was one of the signatories of the Refus global, an artists’ manifesto criticizing the dominant values in Québec society of the time. In 1949, he moved to Paris, where he worked alongside the surrealists and became very successful. He returned to Québec in 1990. A Grand officier of the Ordre national du Québec and Companion of the Order of Canada, he died on 12 March 2002, in Saint-Antoine-de-l’Isle-aux-Grues. He twice represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.
Roseline Granet
Born in Paris, Roseline Granet studied painting and drawing in 1954 at the Art Students League in New York; from 1956 to 1959, she attended the studio of sculptor Ossip Zadkine in Paris. In 1960, Granet, with Gilbert Clémenti, founded the Fonderie Clémenti in Meudon. In 1974, she had her first exhibition at Galerie Darthea Speyer in Paris. She has produced a number of important artworks, including a portrayal of writer Jean-Paul Sartre, commissioned by the French government, and Monument aux droits de l’homme, commissioned by the Ville de Meudon. She is known in Québec for her sculpture of the likeness of poet Émile Nelligan, Monument à Émile Nelligal (2005), among other works. Granet continues to be interested in figurative representation.
Presentation of the artwork
The sculpture in the likeness of artist Jean-Paul Riopelle is installed in the south part of the eponymous square, near Rue Saint-Antoine West. Although it portrays the artist at the age of 45–47 years, when he produced La Joute, the artwork has no visual relationship with the imposing fountain installed in the north part of the square.

It is a life-size, full-round portrait made of bronze. Riopelle’s face is turned to the right, his right hand rests on his hip, and his right foot is placed slightly forward. The surface of the artwork is granular, and the sculpture gives the impression of movement.

In this artwork, Roseline Granet pays tribute to her great friend. In 1997, she had exhibited a series of sculptures portraying Riopelle in natural poses.
Associated events
Jean-Paul Riopelle was born in Montréal on 7 October 1923. A student of Paul-Émile Borduas’s when he attended the École du meuble, Riopelle later became a member of the Automatist group. In 1948, he was one of the signatories of the Refus global, an artists’ manifesto criticizing the dominant values in Québec society of the time. In 1949, he moved to Paris, where he worked alongside the surrealists and became very successful. He returned to Québec in 1990. A Grand officier of the Ordre national du Québec and Companion of the Order of Canada, he died on 12 March 2002, in Saint-Antoine-de-l’Isle-aux-Grues. He twice represented Canada at the Venice Biennale.
Roseline Granet
Born in Paris, Roseline Granet studied painting and drawing in 1954 at the Art Students League in New York; from 1956 to 1959, she attended the studio of sculptor Ossip Zadkine in Paris. In 1960, Granet, with Gilbert Clémenti, founded the Fonderie Clémenti in Meudon. In 1974, she had her first exhibition at Galerie Darthea Speyer in Paris. She has produced a number of important artworks, including a portrayal of writer Jean-Paul Sartre, commissioned by the French government, and Monument aux droits de l’homme, commissioned by the Ville de Meudon. She is known in Québec for her sculpture of the likeness of poet Émile Nelligan, Monument à Émile Nelligal (2005), among other works. Granet continues to be interested in figurative representation.
Detail
Category
Fine Arts
Subcategory
Sculpture
Collection name
Public art
Date completed
2003
Mode of acquisition:
Deposit
Technique(s)
Cire perdue method
Materials
Bronze
General dimensions
202 x 199.5 x 60.5 cm
Manufacturer
  • Clementi, Gilbert / Fonderie Clementi
Le grand Jean-Paul
Borough
Ville-Marie
Park
Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle