Georges Mathieu was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) on January 27, 1921. He began painting in 1942 after studying literature, law and philosophy at the University of Lille. From 1944-1945, Georges Mathieu practices a “gestural painting”. He is certainly one of the first in France to react against the geometric abstraction and organizes, as soon as 1947, a series of demonstrations promoting an art freed from all the constraints and classical habits that he names Lyrical Abstraction and of which he establishes himself as its main defender.

Using directly paint tubes without previous sketches, he paints with impunity and thus opened painting new horizons. He reveals the process of his creation by painting in front of his audience. André Malraux named him the “occidental calligrapher”, and Mathieu will confront the Japanese tradition during a stay in Japan in 1957 where he encountered great success. The artist gained international fame, as evidenced by the number of exhibitions during his career, in as many different places as New York, Montreal, Rio de Janeiro, Tunis, Singapore …

Despite his success, Mathieu will never stop reinventing himself. For example, he went from a central composition to a distribution of forms invading the entire canvas. He would also create a large number of furniture, jewelry, sculptures, ceramics and even tapestry cartoons for the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins.

He died on June 10, 2012 in Boulogne-Billancourt. His works are present in many prestigious museums such as the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo.

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