Georges MathieuLe Pape Clément V couronné à Lyon
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated
35.04 x 57.48 in ( 89 x 146 cm )
Inquiry - Le Pape Clément V couronné à Lyon, 1958


Certificate from Mathieu's Committee


Collection René de Montaigu, France

Private Collection , France

Briest Auction, France

Private Collection, Italy


" Collections d'expression Française", Musée des Arts décoratifs, 1962, N°154 page 24

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


" Collections d'expression Française", Musée des Arts décoratifs, 1962

"Georges Mathieu" Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1963

Paris, PAD, Galerie Christine Thorallier, 30 mars 2009

Artwork's description

This work illustrates the incredible freedom with which Mathieu painted in the 1950s. Mathieu does not hesitate to scratch the surface with the back of the paint tube, to reveal enigmatic signs in reserve or hollow that André Malraux qualifies as "oriental calligraphy". Applying thereafter, a thick layer of red oil paint by pressing the tube to the canvas. The artist also gives free rein to color to evoke the coronation of Pope Clement V in 1305 in Lyon, who appointed a majority of French cardinals ensuring his country a line of national popes. This work testifies to the incredible strength and speed of execution of Mathieu to create a canvas with a lyrical and ceremonial character.

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