The Easel

Pierre Soulages: Beyond black

Soulages, a national treasure in France, is getting a rare solo exhibition at the Louvre. His paintings are abstract – exercises in colour, texture and mark making – and for decades done entirely in black. Unlike the New York abstract expressionists,  Soulages doesn’t see his black works as an art ‘endgame’. “There is no progress in art, only techniques that are perfected”.  A discussion of the Louvre show is here.