Jean-Paul Riopelle in 1965
A lithograph of Jean Paul Riopelle that was stolen more than 15 years ago was found last month by the Sûreté du Québec (SQ).
Members of the Investigations Service on economic crimes of the SQ got their hands on the lithograph during a search carried out on July 20 at a residence in Mirabel, in the Laurentians.
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On June 30, 2005, four works by Riopelle were stolen following a break-in at the painter's former studio in Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson, also in the Laurentians. /p>
The SQ confirms that the three other works are still wanted and invites people who may have information on the burglary to contact them.
Born in Montreal in 1923, Jean Paul Riopelle died in Saint-Antoine-de-l'Isle-aux-Grues in March 2002, after acquiring the reputation of being one of the greatest artists in the history of Quebec and Canada.
His career has spanned fifty years, and his production has no fewer than 6000 works in total.
Starting in October, countless artistic creations will begin to unfold in Quebec to mark the 100th anniversary of Jean Paul Riopelle.