Jean-Michel Atlan left behind an expressive oeuvre with great power of poetic and pictorial expression. As an essential and unique element of the Parisian art scene of the immediate post-war period and “les abstraits”, he shared his particular interest in poetry, literature and philosophy, during salons in his Paris studio together with Francis Picabia. The "Titan of modern art" testified not only to his ability to use a variety of classical materials (ink, tempera, oil on canvas or pastel), but also to his mastery of light and colour and an outstanding expression between abstraction and object. From his early drawings, which recall the beginnings of Japanese calligraphy (Sumiye), to his abstract paintings and lyrical abstractions, Atlan always focused on one goal: to bring his forms to life.
Text courtesy SETAREH.