Georges Mathieu

Georges Mathieu was born at Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1921. He studied law and philosophy before switching to art at the age of twenty-one. Abstract painter, art theorist and member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Mathieu is considered as the pioneer of European lyrical abstraction. A self taught artist, Mathieu moved to Paris in 1947 where he worked in the day and painted in the evenings in a rented studio near Palais Luxembourg. Mathieu was one of France’s most famous and successful painters at the peak of his career. Mathieu is renowned for his large scale paintings featuring his distinctive calligraphic style paintings characterized by dynamic gesturalist strokes. Mathieu’s gestural style in his painting could be attributed as the influence from Hans Hartung and Jackson Pollack. From 1954 Mathieu staged the painting of large-scale works as theatrical events where he would paint in front of an audience. One of the most notable of these was him using 800 tubes of paint to create a painting measuring 4 x 12 meters in front of an audience of 2000 at the Theater Sarah-Bernhardt , Paris in 1956. As part of his art, Mathieu continued to perform his Action Painting throughout Europe, Japan and America to universal acclaim and international recognition whereby his works were shown at special exhibitions in Paris and New York in 1950 and 1952. In 1978, a great retrospective was held at The Grand Palais ,Paris while more recently in 2002 Jeu de Paume museum, Paris conducted a retrospective of Mathieu’s works. Mathieu was awarded the prestigious Legion of Honour which is the highest French order for military and civil merits. Today Mathieu’s works are exhibited in important museums around the world.

  • Masters of Distinction

    Masters of Distinction


    September 16, 2016 - October 16, 2016

  • New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    New Realities in the 20th and 21st century

    Hong Kong

    March 12, 2015 - April 18, 2015