Georges MathieuSaint Guillaume, duc d'Aquitaine, premier comte de Toulouse, chassant les Sarrasins de la ville d'Orange
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated
39.37 x 63.78 in ( 100 x 162 cm )ZoomInquiry - Saint Guillaume, duc d'Aquitaine, premier comte de Toulouse, chassant les Sarrasins de la ville d'Orange, 1954
Galerie Pierre Loeb, Paris
Galerie Rodolphe Stadler, Paris
Private Collection, Germany
"Michel Tapié, Un art autre, un autre art", Paris, Artcurial, avril-juillet 1984, reproduit p.12
"Déjà, jadis: Georges Ribemont-Dessaignes et ses amis", Nice, Villa Arson, octobre 1984 - janvier 1985
"Quelque chose de très mystérieux, intuitions esthétiques de Michel Tapié", Paris, Artcurial, mars-mai 1994
This work illustrates the incredible freedom with which Mathieu painted in the 1950s. The artist lets appear on this canvas, enigmatic signs that André Malraux will qualify as "oriental calligraphy". Applying thereafter, a thick layer of red oil paint by pressing the tube to the canvas. This work refers to the famous Duke of Aquitaine, a fervent Christian knight and member of Charlemagne's entourage, who fought the Saracens by driving them out of the city of Orange.
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.