(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

Siranday by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork
Georges Mathieu Siranday, 1967 Oil on canvas
73 x 130 x 4 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Hommage à Campra by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork
Georges Mathieu Hommage à Campra, 1970 Oil on canvas
97 x 195 x 4 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
L'amour acre by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork painting
Georges Mathieu L'amour acre, 1989 Alkyd on canvas
92 x 73 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Mouvements ivres by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Georges Mathieu Mouvements ivres, 1987 Oil on canvas
81 x 131 cm
Helene Bailly Gallery Contact Gallery
Luischaux by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Georges Mathieu Luischaux, 1970 Oil on canvas
89 x 116 cm
Helene Bailly Gallery Contact Gallery
L'amour acre by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork painting
Georges Mathieu L'amour acre, 1989 Alkyd on canvas
92 x 73 cm
Mazzoleni Contact Gallery
Paris, Capital of the Arts by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork painting
Georges Mathieu Paris, Capital of the Arts, 1965 Oil on canvas
300 x 900 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery
Entre le chic et la bohême by Georges Mathieu contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Georges Mathieu Entre le chic et la bohême, c. 1950 Oil on canvas
73 x 116 cm
Perrotin Contact Gallery

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Georges Mathieu Represented By

Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Paris, France
Perrotin Dubai, Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul +2

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