Born in 1921 in Boulogne sur mer. Deceased in 2012 in Boulogne Billancourt (France).
French painter considered one of the fathers of lyrical abstraction, a term he coined in reaction to the existing geometric abstraction.
In 1947, he claimed authorship of “dripping” which had been attributed to Jackson Pollock in 1945. In 1954, he created many paintings and performance-happenings timed in front of an audience that highlighted the speed of the gesture. Considered an official artist of France, he deisgned France’s 10 francs coin in 1974 and the Air France series of posters displayed around the world.
His unique pendant from 1959 (which the artist later referred to as “Cuttlefish Imprint”) was exhibited in the “Antagonism 2 Object” show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1962.
Hommage à odoacre, 1959
Pendant – “Cuttlefish Imprint” method by the artist, silver
7 x 3.8 cm
Coll. Diane Venet