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Jean Hélion (1904-1987)

 

Jean Hélion - Sans titre 1933
Jean Hélion - Projet de plafond 1933
Jean Hélion - Figure volante 1943
Jean Hélion - Porte et vitrine, New York 1944
Jean Hélion - Fille du Temple 1948
Jean Hélion - Nu Barré 1949
Jean Hélion - Gisant avec détail 1950
Jean Hélion - Le Luxembourg 1960
Jean Hélion - Requiem pour Auguste
Jean Hélion - Les sauts des ruisseaux 1977

Document sans nom

French abstract and figurative painter, born at Couterne in Normandy.

Moved in 1921 to Paris, where he first worked as apprentice to an architect; began to paint in 1923, self-taught, and since 1925 has painted full-time. Began by painting still lifes, portraits and landscapes, his work gradually becoming more and more abstract. Painted in an entirely abstract style from 1929-39; became a member of the Groupe Art Concret in 1929 and co-founder and member of Abstraction-Création 1931-4.

First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Pierre, Paris, 1932. Moved to the USA (New York and Rockbridge Baths, Virginia) in 1936, but returned to France in 1940 to join the French Army. Was taken prisoner, but escaped in 1942 and returned to the USA.

Published a book on his war experiences, They shall not have me, in 1942. Started to paint again in 1943 in a figurative style (scenes of everyday life, etc.), which was at first strongly based on abstraction but gradually became looser and more impressionistic in handling; since 1951 has painted many works from nature, including views of Paris and Belle-Ile.

Has lived mainly in Paris since 1946 but travels extensively.


 

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