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Henri Michaux

Composition, 1946-48

Watercolor and China ink on paper mounted on canvas
10 3/5 × 14 1/2 in
26.9 × 36.8 cm
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Henri Michaux
Belgian-French, 1899–1984
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A lyric poet, painter, and draughtsman, Henri Michaux produced small-scale works in India ink, watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Influenced by the paintings of Paul Klee, Max Ernst, and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as by his experiences taking hallucinogenic drugs such as mescaline, Michaux worked in a Surrealist style with figurative elements that verged on abstraction. In Untitled (1959), small figurative black forms are scattered across a sheet of paper; each form is simultaneously distinct and seemingly absorbed into the field of other marks, pointing to the artist’s preoccupation with notions of eternity and the absurdity of the human condition. Michaux based his “Alphabet” series in ink on his personal ideograms. He also contributed to several avant-garde journals and wrote travelogues and art criticism, as well as poetry.

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Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
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Monogrammed lower right
Henri Michaux
Belgian-French, 1899–1984
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A lyric poet, painter, and draughtsman, Henri Michaux produced small-scale works in India ink, watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Influenced by the paintings of Paul Klee, Max Ernst, and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as by his experiences taking hallucinogenic drugs such as mescaline, Michaux worked in a Surrealist style with figurative elements that verged on abstraction. In Untitled (1959), small figurative black forms are scattered across a sheet of paper; each form is simultaneously distinct and seemingly absorbed into the field of other marks, pointing to the artist’s preoccupation with notions of eternity and the absurdity of the human condition. Michaux based his “Alphabet” series in ink on his personal ideograms. He also contributed to several avant-garde journals and wrote travelogues and art criticism, as well as poetry.

Henri Michaux

Composition, 1946-48

Watercolor and China ink on paper mounted on canvas
10 3/5 × 14 1/2 in
26.9 × 36.8 cm
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