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Itineris

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Courtesy of Itineris Casa d'Aste

Considered the founder of Lyrical Abstraction—a movement distinct from geometric abstraction in the organic style of its forms—and the organizer of the “Abstraction Lyrique” exhibition held in Paris in 1947, Georges Mathieu is best known for his large-scale paintings featuring curving calligraphic lines. Mathieu was a colorful and famous personality during his lifetime, often creating paintings during public performances, working rapidly in front of the audience. The speed of his execution was a signature component of his style, which he once described as “an orgasm of uncontrolled expression.” Mathieu also claimed to be the first to practice “Tubism”—squeezing paint directly from the tube—and the drip technique, though the latter is widely attributed to Jackson Pollock. Mathieu was influenced by Wols, Jean-Michel Atlan, and Hans Hartung.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2019
Hartung, Mathieu, Helton / New YorkOpera Gallery
Georges Mathieu: Monumental PaintingsNahmad Contemporary
2018
Georges Mathieu, les années 1960-1970Templon
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Soriniére, 1969

Watercolor on paper
21 3/10 × 29 1/2 in
54 × 75 cm
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I
Itineris

on the back: titled

Medium
Signature
Signed and dated
Image rights
Courtesy of Itineris Casa d'Aste

Considered the founder of Lyrical Abstraction—a movement distinct from geometric abstraction in the organic style of its forms—and the organizer of the “Abstraction Lyrique” exhibition held in Paris in 1947, Georges Mathieu is best known for his large-scale paintings featuring curving calligraphic lines. Mathieu was a colorful and famous personality during his lifetime, often creating paintings during public performances, working rapidly in front of the audience. The speed of his execution was a signature component of his style, which he once described as “an orgasm of uncontrolled expression.” Mathieu also claimed to be the first to practice “Tubism”—squeezing paint directly from the tube—and the drip technique, though the latter is widely attributed to Jackson Pollock. Mathieu was influenced by Wols, Jean-Michel Atlan, and Hans Hartung.

Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
Other works by Georges Mathieu