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Georges Mathieu Furniture

French, 1921-2012

Georges Mathieu was born at Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) in 1921. Mathieu studied literature and philosophy at Lille University before switching to art at the age of twenty-one. He taught English at Douai High School and French at the American University of Biarritz. After an interest in realistic landscapes and portraits, Mathieu developed a distinctive Abstract Expressionist style, which grew out of an emotionally driven, improvised, and intuitive act of painting. In 1946 his first exhibition was presented at VI Salon de moins de 30 ans at the Galerie des Beaux-Arts in Paris. His first personal exhibition was in 1950 at the Galerie René Drouin. In 1947 Mathieu worked with Camille Bryen to organize a tachist-oriented exhibition, which he designated as ‘non-figuration physique’. His painting defined ‘lyrical abstractions’, goes beyond traditional and formal constraints of regulative systems, placing Mathieu with Fautrier and Dubuffet as an important exponent of French Informel, as defined by the French art critic Tapiè. Up to 1951, Mathieu continued to organize group shows to demonstrate his interest in Jackson Pollock’s spontaneous gestural handling of paint. In those years he, among his numerous exhibitions, organized an event to show the difference between American and European painting styles at the Montparnasse Gallery.His artworks were appreciated internationally and exposed in London and New York. His first paintings were defined tachists by critics because of the artist’s use of lumps of color (tache, in fact, means stain) directly applied on canvas. His works are apparently confused but they all have a central axis from which curves and lines develop in a planned way.In 1950 his projects were no more focused on signs but on painting gestures and quickness. His painting was intuitive and irrational. From 1954 Mathieu staged the painting of large-scale works as theatrical events, culminating in utilizing 800 tubes of paint to create a painting measuring 4 x 12 meters in front of an audience of 2000 at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt in 1956. Somewhere between Happening and Action Painting, Mathieu succeeded in producing a decoratively linear painting, reminiscent of calligraphy. Mathieu continued to perform his Action Paintings throughout Europe and Japan. He went to Japan together with Tapié to meet the Gutai Group. There he executed a kimono performance during an action-painting show. During this event, he also realized 21 artworks and among these, we find a 15 m painting. Mathieu’s works were shown at special exhibitions in Paris and New York in 1950 and 1952. He participated in numerous international exhibitions, including Documenta II in 1959. In the early 1960s, Mathieu also created sculptures and designed furniture, tapestries, and frescoes. In 1975 he was elected a member of the Arts Academy in Paris and in 1986 he exposed his works at Biennale di Venezia. Georges Mathieu was defined as the founder of Tachism and art theorist in the essay “Au-delà du Tachisme”. He also composed essays on architecture, furniture, and typography.

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Table Lamp "Gordes, collection Luberon by designer Mathieu
By Georges Mathieu
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
O/6164, famous table lamp "Gordes" collection Luberon by French designer Mathieu.  
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21st Century and Contemporary French Other Georges Mathieu Furniture

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Modern Signed Floor Lamp- FINAL CLEARANCE SALE
By Georges Mathieu
Located in Alessandria, Piemonte
Modern French floor lamp Bonnieux, collection Luberon, signed by Mathieu - O/6162 -
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Georges Mathieu Reproduction
By Georges Mathieu
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Georges Mathieu (français, 1921 - 2012) Reproduction «Paris, Capitale des Arts», 1966.
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Georges Mathieu Drip Abstract Tachism Painting
By Georges Mathieu
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Georges Mathieu Tube Drip Abstract 1952 Tachism Painting on Paper Signed by French Listed Artist 1921-2012. This painting is an early "tubism" painting red on a field of brown painte...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Georges Mathieu Furniture

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Georges Mathieu Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Georges Mathieu Furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of paper and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Georges Mathieu Furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 2 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Georges Mathieu were created in the Mid-20th Century in France in the Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Gabriel Godard, Rene Fumeron and Roger Soubie. Prices for Georges Mathieu furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $1,063 and tops out at $25,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,828 on average.