Jean Paul Riopelle (1923 - 2002) drew wide acclaim for the abstract paintings that placed him at the cutting edge of several mid-20th-century modern art movements. Riopelle’s creative genius wasn’t limited to a single medium: in the 1960s, the Montréal-born artist dedicated himself to sculpture, creating works of art that underscored his connection to nature, which served as both a grounding force and muse.
One of those bronze-cast sculptures, Riopelle’s Petit hibou
, is rendered in Extraordinarily High Relief (EHR) on this coin crafted in gold sourced from Quebec mines. On the coin’s reverse, Riopelle’s sculpted work reaches an incredible relief height of over 6 mm, which further accentuates all the dimpled details that are attributed to the artist’s hand and creative vision.
© Estate of Jean Paul Riopelle CARCC 2023