Jean Paul Riopelle painting sells for more than $7.4M
Final sale price of $7,438,750 makes it Canada's second most expensive work of art
A painting by the late Quebec artist Jean Paul Riopelle has sold for more than $7.4 million, good for second on the list of Canada's most expensive works of art.
Going into the Heffel Fine Art Auction House's spring sale on Wednesday, the painting Vent du nord had a conservative pre-sale estimate of $1 million to $1.5 million.
The final sale price of $7,438,750, which includes a buyer's premium, trails only Lawren Harris's Mountain Forms.
That painting sold at a Heffel auction in November for $11.21 million, more than doubling the previous Canadian art record established in 2002 for Paul Kane's 1845 oil canvas Scene in the Northwest — Portrait.
'Endless adventures for the eye'
Vent du nord, which adorned the cover of the auction's catalogue, was described by Heffel as providing "endless adventures for the eye."
"Historically, Riopelle is important because his work was a focal point for debates about the increasingly wide and fractious gap between post-World War II European and American abstract painting," reads the Heffel auction catalogue. "In Europe and the U.S.A., he was seen as much as a French and specifically a Parisian artist as Canadian."
Six other works by Harris were set to go on the auction block Wednesday evening, including two sketches with pre-sale estimates of between $600,000 and $800,000.