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Georges Mathieu - Radieux

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Georges Mathieu - Radieux

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Acrylic on paper - Signed - with frame - 1986

Artist: Georges Mathieu
Title of artwork: Radieux
Technique: Acrylic on paper
Signature: Signed
Year: 1986
Period: 1980-1989
Condition: As new
Sold with frame: with frame
Total dimensions (H/ W/ D in cm): 75x55 cm

Born into a family of bankers, Georges Mathieu orients first to law studies, litterature and philosophy. As early as 1942, he turns to fine arts and realised his first oil paintings. He worked for a few years as professor before setting out an artistic career. His first exhibition was in 1946 in Paris at Salon des moins de trente ans.

In 1947 he exhibited at the Salon des réalités nouvelles, his paintings in texture realised by stains coming straight from the colour tube, claiming authorship of this dripping, a technique that was attributed to Jackson Pollock in 1945 (or even to Janet Sobel in 1944), the colours, in the case of Mathieu, crushed by the finger of the artist as early as 1944.

After 1950, he exhibited in the United States and the Japan.

From 1954 on, he creates a multitude of paintings, often during performances or happenings, realised in front of an audience, highlighting the speed and virtuosity of the gesture. Thus, in 1956 in the Sarah Bernhardt theatre in Paris, Mathieu, in front of nearly 2,000 spectators, creates a painting of 4 × 12 metres using at least 800 tubes of paint (this painting entitled ‘Homage aux poètes du monde entier’ disappears in 1968 during the fire in his atelier3.). Across the Atlantic, the dissemination of his creations is opposed with important obstacles. In 1958, in New York, he also tries to create works in public, but he is prohibited from doing. He ends up painting in solitude in the galleries of his hotel. New York galleries have refused to exhibit his works. This stigmatisation by American institutions and galleries will last until his death4.

From 1953 to 1962, he is editor in chief of the United States Lines Paris review. In 1963, the year of his « Grande Rétrospective » in Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris, he finally receives official recognition. Between 1968 and 1969, he will create several gilded decorations for ceramics of the Manufacture de Sèvres, and including table services for the 1967 Expo in Montreal and Expo 1970 in Osaka.

In 1973, he directed his unique architectural work. At the request of the industrialist Guy Biraud, manufacturer of transformers, he draws the plans for a plant in Fontenay-le-Comte. The Mathieu plant that is the result, is an original star-shaped building with seven unequal branches, of which the fully glazed outside surface is considered by the artist as a way to link the work place to the surrounding nature.

From 1980, his painted work shows a new maturity where he breaks with the last vestiges of classicism and then abandons the central figure, while his palette is becoming more extensive.

He died June 10, 2012, in hospital Ambroise-Paré of Boulogne-Billancourt. He was buried in Paris at the Montmartre cemetery (13th division).

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