MATHIEU, Georges
Born at Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) in 1921. Studied law and philosophy and received a degree in English. He began to paint in 1942 and established himself in Paris in 1947. He exhibited at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles and at the Salon des Surindépendants. He organized, with Bryen and several others, different exhibitions of abstract art which are meant to be "lyrical" and "psychic," and are presented "in a reactionary spirit against the formalism of abstract art." He feels a definite analogy in ideas with the Neo-Expressionist American painters. For Mathieu the graphic quality has given way to Tachism (drippings and spots of paint in both liquid and solid form). He is fond of giving his paintings pseudo-historical titles such as "the Entelechy of the Capets," "The Battle of Bouvines," "No Escape from Capets."
An important exhibition of his work was held in 1950 at the Galerie Drouin, at the Kootz Gallery in New York in 1954, and at the Galerie Rive Droite in 1954 and 1956.
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