Pierre Soulages used a diverse range of organic matter like tar, lamp black and ivory black, as used in prehistoric art and the first charcoal drawings made in the darkness of caves.
Pierre Soulages’ painting is a dialogue with the painting itself.
The painting presented here is one such example. The composition is reasonably classical and respects the lines of force and pressure points, with the masses balanced within the frame.
The shade and transparency in the areas of contact between the background and the signs, the visible overlapping of successive layers of paint create a depth of field in the painting.
© Adagp, Paris, 1958