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Jean Hélion

L'attente bleue, 1966

Oil on canvas
35 × 51 in
88.9 × 129.5 cm
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PROVENANCE: Christie's, London, May 23, 1996, Lot 185; Private collection, Portland, Oregon.

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PROVENANCE: Christie's, London, May 23, 1996, Lot 185; Private collection, Portland, Oregon.

EXHIBITED: Galleria II Fante di Spade, Rome, and elsewhere, "Jean HélionOeuvres de 1936 a 1967," 1968.

LITERATURE:M. Butor, Au Nom de Paris, Editions Artère, October 1985, p. 101.

NOTE: This work is inventoried …

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Signed and dated lower right: H / 66
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Jean Hélion
French, 1904–1987
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A seminal figure in the 1930s Parisian avant-garde scene, Jean Hélion rose to prominence as an abstract painter, producing series exploring states of visual equilibrium. Initially influenced by Piet Mondrian’s linear compositions, Hélion’s style evolved as he embraced gradated volumes and curved, overlapping planes, as illustrated by Rouge Brilliant (1938). Along with Theo van Doesburg, he furthered the Art Concret movement, which grew out of De Stijl and Futurism and valued objectivity over symbolism and personal associations. WWII, in which his service begot capture and imprisonment, presented a stylistic rupture; thereafter, Hélion filled large canvases with monumental figures in quotidian situations, working radically against the modernist trajectory. “A man who has been locked up for a few years knows the value of reality,” he explained. “What can you communicate but the problematic meaning of the world?''

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About the work
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PROVENANCE: Christie's, London, May 23, 1996, Lot 185; Private collection, Portland, Oregon.

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PROVENANCE: Christie's, London, May 23, 1996, Lot 185; Private collection, Portland, Oregon.

EXHIBITED: Galleria II Fante di Spade, Rome, and elsewhere, "Jean HélionOeuvres de 1936 a 1967," 1968.

LITERATURE:M. Butor, Au Nom de Paris, Editions Artère, October 1985, p. 101.

NOTE: This work is inventoried …

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Signature
Signed and dated lower right: H / 66
Image rights
Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Jean Hélion
French, 1904–1987
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A seminal figure in the 1930s Parisian avant-garde scene, Jean Hélion rose to prominence as an abstract painter, producing series exploring states of visual equilibrium. Initially influenced by Piet Mondrian’s linear compositions, Hélion’s style evolved as he embraced gradated volumes and curved, overlapping planes, as illustrated by Rouge Brilliant (1938). Along with Theo van Doesburg, he furthered the Art Concret movement, which grew out of De Stijl and Futurism and valued objectivity over symbolism and personal associations. WWII, in which his service begot capture and imprisonment, presented a stylistic rupture; thereafter, Hélion filled large canvases with monumental figures in quotidian situations, working radically against the modernist trajectory. “A man who has been locked up for a few years knows the value of reality,” he explained. “What can you communicate but the problematic meaning of the world?''

Jean Hélion

L'attente bleue, 1966

Oil on canvas
35 × 51 in
88.9 × 129.5 cm
Bidding closed
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