'The painting must work itself out. It is a process...I am not one of those artists seeking a wonderful green...I never tell myself, that I have to paint like this or like that to get one effect or another. If I reach that point, I stop. It's dangerous...because then I am on the technical side of painting...and it loses its emotional unity. Because technique will unfortunately win out...' (Riopelle, quoted in Jean-Paul Riopelle Catalogue raisonné 1939-1953 Tomo I, Montreal 1999, p. 51).