Georges MathieuLe beau semblant
1989
Acrylic on canvas
Signed upper right
57.87 x 44.88 in ( 147 x 114 cm )
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Certificat

Certificate from Georges Mathieu, March 1990

Provenance

Galerie Protée, Paris

Collection Privée, Paris

PBA's Auction, Paris

Exhibited

Mathieu, Château ? Musée de Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1992

Artwork's description

  Dans les années quatre-vingt, les œuvres de Georges Mathieu gagnent en expressivité et en explosivité. Ne s’attachant plus à dépeindre les grandes batailles du passé mais celles de son époque, l’artiste saisi les tensions de la société dans laquelle il évolue, car comme Georges Laffly l’exprime très bien : « son instrument de mesure c’est sa peinture même ». Selon les propres mots du peintre, il s’agit de la période la plus « barbare » de son œuvre. Auparavant, le trait symbolisait la suprématie de l’intelligence, tandis que désormais, la projection de couleurs retranscrit le chaos du monde et la force des émotions brutes que Mathieu ressent face à celui-ci.

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.

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