| 24 February 2024, Saturday |

French ‘Beyond Black’ painter Pierre Soulages dies at 102

Pierre Soulages, the French abstract painter best known for experimenting with different shades of black, died on Wednesday at the age of 102, according to the museum dedicated to his life and work in his southwestern hometown of Rodez.

Soulages, who died on Tuesday evening in hospital, had worked exclusively with black since 1979, most notably in a series of works titled “Outrenoir,” or “Beyond Black.”

Born on Christmas Eve 1919, he also created the 104 stained glass windows that adorn Conques Abbey in southwestern France.

Soulages is survived by his wife Colette, who is 101.

  • Reuters