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(1921 – 2012), France

Georges Mathieu Biography

Georges Mathieu was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, in 1921. A self-taught painter, he began his artistic career in 1942. Mathieu’s early abstract investigation consisted of amorphous shapes and experimentation with drip techniques. In 1947 he resettled in Paris, and quickly became attracted to the works of artists such as Camille Bryen and Alfred Otto Wolfgang Schulze, which he referred to as Lyrical Abstraction. Within his first year in Paris he had organized L’imaginaire at Galerie du Luxembourg to promote the Lyrical Abstraction movement. Mathieu’s own works were closely associated with Tachiste painters (from the French tache, meaning blot or stain), often squeezing paint directly onto the canvas and emphasizing the necessity of rapid execution to harness intuitive expression. He identified his work as aligned with abstract history painting, as many of his titles refer to events in French history. Mathieu’s artistic experimentation expanded into performance art, often executing large canvases before an audience.

Georges Mathieu Featured Artworks

Pandosie by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork
Georges MathieuPandosie, 1976Oil on canvas
72 x 92 cm
Bailly Gallery Contact Gallery
L’Heure Troublee by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork
Georges MathieuL’Heure Troublee, 1986Oil on canvas
73 x 92 cm
Dep Art Gallery Contact Gallery
Lasgaroth by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork
Georges MathieuLasgaroth, 1967Oil on canvas
116 x 65 x 2.5 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery

Georges Mathieu Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Floating World at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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24 November 2020–6 February 2021 Group Exhibition Floating World PerrotinHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wonderland at Perrotin, Shanghai
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30 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition Wonderland PerrotinShanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Georges Mathieu, Georges Mathieu at Perrotin, 50 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong
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21 November–21 December 2019 Georges Mathieu Perrotin50 Connaught Road Central

Georges Mathieu Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
Templon contemporary art gallery in 30 rue Beaubourg, Paris, France Templon Paris, Brussels

Georges Mathieu In Ocula Magazine

Georges Mathieu In Related Press

10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In November 2019 Related Press 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In November 2019 5 November 2019, Hong Kong Tatler

Sinuous sculptures crafted from steel, post-WWII abstract paintings and celebrity portraits by Annie Leibovitz are just a few of the highlights of this month's exhibitions

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