Georges Mathieu" Le Pape Clément V couronné à Lyon "
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated
35.43 x 59.06 in ( 90 x 150 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

Artwork's description

A pioneer of lyric abstraction, Georges Mathieu developed a painting where speed and spontaneity became essential. He introduced an unprecedented freedom into the creative gesture from which emerges a writing between esoteric sign, calligraphy and raw energy. In 1958 Mathieu participated in numerous exhibitions in Dusseldorf, Stockolm, Bale, Paris, Pittsburgh. The brush is replaced by the pressure of the tube on the canvas. Only the forms and the colors testify henceforth of the expressive concern of the artist, the sensibility priming on the reason. The gesture was spontaneous, very often driven by an air of classical music. In this work Mathieu's talent is essential, establishing an autonomous pictorial language very close to that of Action painting. It had often been overlooked that the freedom of his gesture preceded that of Pollock, Gottlieb, or Kooning. But everything is there, Mathieu without doubt having the same concerns as his fellow Americans.

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