Born in 1921 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Died in 2012 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France


Across Europe and the United States, Mathieu (1921-2012) played a decisive role within abstraction in the late 1940s and early 1950s, during the movement’s burgeoning. He diverted from the geometrical abstractions that dominated the previous era with a visual language that favored form over content and gesture over intent, and aimed for uninhibited creative expression. He termed this newfound aesthetic “Lyrical Abstraction”, after a description of his work by French critic Jean José Marchand (1947). His works are characterized by a calligraphic quality of line that he created using long brushes and by applying paint directly from tubes onto thecanvas. The immediacy and rapid execution of these distinct methods guaranteed the freedom with which he defined his work. According to Clement Greenberg, Mathieu was the most powerful amongst European painters. Mathieu’s work has been the subject of numerous retrospectives, and is included in more than 80 museums and public permanent collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; the Kunstmuseum Basel; the Kunsthaus Zurich; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Tate, London.

solo shows

- Monumental Paintings, Nahmad Contemporary, New York, USA

- Les années 1960-1970, Templon Gallery, Paris, France

- Vers l’abstraction lyrique, Castle-Museum of Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

- Little stable of the Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
- Contemporary Art Space Fernet Branca, Saint-Louis, France

- Retrospective, Galleria Credito Valtellinese, Milan, Italy
- Bénédictine Palace, Fécamp, France
- Saint-Georges and Saint-Paul Cathedrale, Liège, Belgium

-  Retrospective, Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris, France

- Galleria arte 92, Milan, Italy

- Galleria d'arte Elleni, Bergamo, Italy
- Stockholm Art Fair, Stockholm, Sweden

- Galleria dello scudo, Verona, Italy
- Ermitage Museum, Saint-Petersbourg, Russia
- Centro Culturale Sant'Andrea, Savona, Italy
- Galleria Art Valley, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
- Grand Palais, Paris, France

- Galleria Narciso, Turin, Italy
- Galleria De Crescenzo, Rome, Italy
- Huber Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland

- Findlay Gallery, New York, USA
- Galleria La Loggia, Bologna, Italy
- Galleria De Crescenzo, Rome, Italy

- Meridien Hotel, Singapore, Singapore

- Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
- Poste Museum, Paris, France

- Dominion Gallery, Montreal, Canada
- Wildestein, New York, USA

- Grand Palais, Paris, France
- Lyrical Art Festival, Aix-en-Provence, France

- Galeria Punto, Valencia, Spain
- Galeria Valera, Bilbao, Spain
- Kursaal, Ostenda, Belgium
- International Festival, Istanbul, Turkey

- Picasso Museum, Antibes, France
- Galeria Beaubourg, Barcelona, Spain

- Beaubourg Gallery, Paris, France

- Opera, Berlin, Germany

- Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

- Stadler Gallery, Paris, France
- Lalikata Academy, New Dehli, India

- Argos Gallery, Nantes, France
- Kunstverein, Köln, Germany
- National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France

- Fine Arts Museum, Nantes, France

- Gimpel & Hanover, Zurich, Switzerland
- Court Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
- K. B. Gallery, Oslo, Norway
- Galleria il Milione, Milan, Italy

- Museum of Modern Art of Paris, France
- Art and Culture, Geneva, Belgium

- Bezalel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
- Neue Galerie in Künstlerhaus, München, Germany
- Galleria La Bussola, Turin, Italy
- Galleria l'Ariete, Milan, Italy
- Galleria La Loggia, Bologna, Italy
- Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

- Presidential Palace, Beirut, Lebanon

- Museu de Arte, São Paolo, Brazil
- Ateneo, Madrid, Spain
- New London Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- Galleria del Cavallino, Venice, Italy

- Kunstverein, Köln, Germany
- Galleria San Babila, Milan, Italy
- Haus Lange Museum, Krefeld, Germany
- Museum of Fine Arts, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- Athénee Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
- Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Bonino Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

- Schmela Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Art Latin Gallery, Stockholm, Switzerland
- Grange Gallery, Lyon, France
- Chichio Haller Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
- Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland
- Galleria Castelnuovo, Ascona, Italy
- Museum of Fine Arts, Lièges, Belgium

- Fine Art Palace, Brussels, Belgium
- Shirokiya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
- Daimaru Gallery, Osaka, Japan
- Galleria del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
- Helios Art Gallery, Bruxelles, Belgium
- Galleria Selecta, Rome, Italy

- Pierre Gallery, Paris, France
- Institute of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom

- Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, USA

- Kootz Gallery, New York, USA
- Rive Droite Gallery, Paris, France
- Art Club, Chicago, USA

- Marcel Evrard Gallery, Lille, France

- Studio Paul Facchetti, Paris, France
- Stable Gallery, New York, USA

- Véhémences Confrontées, Galerie Dausset, Paris, France

- René Drouin Gallery, Paris, France

group shows

- Artistic Licence (curated by Richard Prince), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA

- Le geste et la matière, une abstraction “autre”, Paris, 1945-1965, Pompidou Centre / Clément Foundation, Martinique

- Pensieri Ordinati, Bonioni Arte, Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Estetika. Forma & segno. Da Renoir a De Chirico, Villa Ponti, Fondazione Art Museo, Arona, Italy

- Nel segno della materia, Palazzo De Sanctis, Castellalto, Italy
- Sei mostre in contemporanea, Satura, Palazzo Stella, Genoa “Liberi Segni”, Galleria Biasutti & Biasutti, Turin, Italy

- Posizioni. Museiondocumenta 1999: opera dalla collezione, Bolzen, Italy

- Karel Appel, Georges Mathieu, Mattia Moreni, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Kunsthalle, Basel, Switzerland

- H.W.P.S.M.T.B, Colette Allendy Gallery, Paris, France

- Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France
- L'imaginaire, Gallery of Luxembourg, Paris, France

- VI Salon de moins de 30 ans, Galleria of Fine Arts, Paris, France

public collections

- Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
- The Art Institute, Chicago, USA
- Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
- Los Angeles Country Museum, USA
- Chase Manhattan Plaza, New York, USA
- The Salomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
- Art Museum, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, USA
- Art Museum of Seattle, USA
- Philips Collections, Washington D.C, USA
- La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, California, USA
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Smithsonian Institution), Washington, D.C, USA
- Tate Gallery, London, UK
- National Museum of Modern Art – Pompidou Centre, Paris, France
- Museum of Modern Art of Paris, France
- Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France
- The Abattoirs, Toulouse, France
- Museum of art of Nantes, France
- Picasso Museum, Antibes, France
- Museum of Grenoble, France
- National Fund of Contemporary Art, Paris, France
- Museum of Fine Arts, Orleans, France
- Palace of Fine Arts, Lille, France
- LaM, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, France
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany
- Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
- Kunsthalle Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
- Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
- Städtische Kunstsammlungen und Wilhelm Hack Stiftung, Ludvigshafen, Germany
- Modern Galerie, Saarbrucken, Germany
- Städtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim, Germany
- Museum of Fine Arts, Luik, Belgium
- Kunsthaus, Basel, Switzerland
- Museum of Fine Arts, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
- Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland
- Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil
- Museum of Contemporary Arts, Montreal, Canada
- Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada
- National Museum Bezalel, Jerusalem, Israel
- Museum of Arts, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Art Museum of Ohara, Kurashiki, Japan
- Gutaï Pinacotheca, Osaka, Japan
- Museum of Modern Arts, Tokyo, Japan

  • January 2019
    Le Figaro — 2 PAGES

  • September 2018
    Le Figaro — 3 PAGES

  • June 2012
    Arts Hebdo Médias — 5 PAGES

  • June 2012
    Le Huffington Post — 3 PAGES

  • June 2012
    Le Parisien — 1 PAGE

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