‘Black’ day for artist Soulages
– They call him art’s man in black. Artist Pierre Soulages has painted primarily in black for eight decades – foreswearing all other colours since 1979.
Now the Louvre museum in Paris is marking his 100th birthday with a rare tribute to a living artist.
Twenty works from the more than 1 700 canvasses the French master has produced over his long career will be shown in a special three-month show which opens tomorrow.
The painter, who will turn 100 on Christmas Eve, began his voyage to the dark heart of the colour in 1979 with a series of paintings called “outrenoir”, or beyond black.
And since then no other colour has appeared on his canvasses.
Naturally, he also dresses in black. – AFP