This original composition used exactly the same plates for the poster and for the Lithograph #86 in the catalog of Pierre Soulages' graphic works.
The poster was used for an exhibition of Soulages' works at the Musée Dynamique in Dakar in 1974. Unfortunately in 1988, the museum was controversially closed and the building repurposed by the Senegalese government as a courthouse.
Soulages was inspired by painters such as Picasso and Cézanne very early on. His powerful canvases are devoid of any reference to nature, relying on their rhythmic partition of the surface and on the relationship between forms and the textures of the paint to create what some critics described as "melodies" or "symphonies" of space. Using just one color to create a stark contrast against the white background, Soulages refuses to commit himself to painting color harmonies.
Ed. 800. + 85 (signed and numbered on Arches Paper). Ref. BNF #86.