GEORGES MATHIEU (1921-2012)

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GEORGES MATHIEU (1921-2012)


Vieillesse des roses, 1983
Alkyde on canvas, signed below left and titled on the back
73 x 92 cm
This work is listed under the archive number 1690 of the Protée gallery.
A certificate written by the artist in October 1983 will be given to the purchaser.
In this work, the quick and clean gesture allows the movements of the painter's body to appear, and thus recalls the work of Japanese calligraphers, a work for which Georges Mathieu has such admiration.
The horizontal format, as well as the opposition of vertical lines and horizontal planes, herald the cosmic turn of Georges Mathieu's work.
The raw and pure colours stand out strongly against a background on which white and black are in opposition. Vibrant and frontal lines following very different trajectories, emerge from the horizontal flat areas to revitalize the composition. By these oppositions of signs, he creates a dramatic tension in the heart of the canvas.

Georges Mathieu was born on 27 January 1921 in Boulogne-sur-Mer and died on 10 June 2012 in Boulogne-Billancourt. Coming from a family of bankers, he first turned to law school, which he abandoned in 1942 to devote himself to the visual arts.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, Europe was rebuilt. Painting art is in transformation. In 1947, art critic Jean José Marchand defined Georges Mathieu's paintings by evoking for the first time the notion of "lyrical abstraction".
Indeed, the artist opposes geometric abstraction, he liberates himself from classical constraints and habits. The great speed of his gestures in painting is reflected in a strong emotion, in the absence of an accurate representation of reality. The shapes are clear and precise.
In 1957, Georges Mathieu spent a few months in Japan and discovered with great interest his aesthetic and pictorial traditions. The art of calligraphy in particular attracts his attention, it is a very ancient traditional practice, which appeared in 206 BC during the period of the Han dynasty, developed by Buddhist monks.
Georges Mathieu feeds on and is inspired by this extreme oriental calligraphy, but he uses the beauty and poetry of the gesture for a completely different purpose. Oriental calligraphy is linked to religion and therefore has a very important and even significant spiritual significance, but the artist constructs his compositions from abstract signs, which he strikes out of meaning to explain that the meaning comes from a mental reconstruction made by the reader and not from the sign itself. It is for this reason, the negation of the sign as signifier, that André Malraux described the artist as a "Western calligrapher".


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