Georges Mathieu" Le Pape Clément V couronné à Lyon "
1958
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated
35.43 x 59.06 in ( 90 x 150 cm )
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Certificate from Mathieu's committee

Provenance

Private Collection , France

Briest Auction, France

Private Collection, Italy

Literature

Mathieu, Exibition Catalogue, Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris, 1963, ( n° 60 )

Exhibited

Private Collection , France

Briest Auction, France

Private Collection, Italy

Artwork's description

Pionnier de l'abstraction lyrique, Georges Mathieu développe une peinture où la vitesse et la spontanéité deviennent essentielles. Il introduit une liberté inédite dans le geste créatif d'où émerge alors une écriture entre signe ésotérique, calligraphie et énergie brute. En 1958 Mathieu participe à de nombreuses exposititons à Dusseldorf, Stockolm, Bale, Paris, Pittsburgh. Le pinceau est remplacé par la pression du tube à même la toile. Seules les formes et les couleurs témoignent désormais du souci expressif de l'artiste, la sensibilité primant sur la raison. Le geste est spontané, tres souvent entrainé par un air de musique classique. Dans cette oeuvre le talent de Mathieu s'impose, instaurant un langage pictural autonome très proche de celui de l'Action painting.  On a souvent négligé le fait que la liberté de son geste avait précédé celui de Pollock, de Gottlieb ou de de Kooning. Mais tout est là, Mathieu ayant sans aucun doute les mêmes préoccupations que ses confrères Américains.

Artist's biography

Georges Mathieu was born in 1921 in Boulogne sur Mer.

He came from a noble family of bankers but studied letters, law and philosophy at the University of Lille where he obtained a Bachelor of English.

Once the degree obtained, he started to paint his first works and at the same time to be a professor. He decided to organize some exhibitions to promote a liberate art called “Lyrical Abstraction”, movement which he is the major figure.

Until 1950, Georges Mathieu created some canvas composed with stains and started to travel all around the world. He always gets a cheering. These permit to the artist to realized that he needed to develop a new art with his own style.

 His work is exposed all over the world and he likes to make some happenings in public to show the way he painted and his gesture, which reminds the one of Jackson Pollock.

 He began to create new forms and worked for some projects for the National factury of Gobelins, platos for Sevres, posters for Air-France and designed a new 10 francs.

 Always surrounded in a new project, Georges Mathieu decided to promote art professions. He is also awarded with the Legion of Honor and maked Commander of the order of the Arts and Letters.

 Georges Mathieu died in 2012.

Georges Mathieu - " Le Pape Clément V couronné à Lyon ", 1958
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