Georges Mathieu"Joyeux Nocturne"
Circa 1990
acrylic on canvas
Signed lower right
31.89 x 39.37 in ( 81 x 100 cm )
Inquiry - "Joyeux Nocturne", Circa 1990


Private collection, France

Auction's Thierry-Lannon, Brest

Private Collection, Paris

Artwork's description

In the 1980s, the works of Georges Mathieu gained in expressiveness and explosiveness. No longer focusing on depicting the great battles of the past but those of his time, the artist grasped the tensions of the society in which he moved, because as Georges Laffly expressed it very well: "his measuring instrument is his very painting. In the painter's own words, this is the most "barbaric" period of his work. Previously, the line symbolized the supremacy of intelligence, while now, the projection of colors transcribes the chaos of the world and the force of the raw emotions that Mathieu feels in front of it.

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.