Mathieu Georges (1921-2012)
A French painter, recognized among the European founders of Lyrical Abstraction. He was born in Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1921. After starting with humanistic studies, he continued with a degree in English and Law at the University of Lille. Then, he became an English teacher at the high school of Douai and later on, he became the head of public relations section of the United States Lines. His artistic career starts, initially as a mere hobby, in the early 40’s. It was only in 1944 that Mathieu begins with serious reflection on the abstract painting, which led him to practice and theorize a gestural and informal painting. In 1946, he exhibited his first paintings at “the Salon des moins de 30 ans”, and in 1947, he was among the protagonists artists of the first collective exhibition on Lyrical Abstraction in Paris. Famous for his public performances, he is best known for his speed in creating his works, which is one of his essential traits of his style. Later on, he describe his way of painting as “an orgasm of uncontrollable expression”. He was also among the first to practice the “Tubism”, or the application of color straight from the tube, and the Dripping technique, anticipating the US experience and action painting of Jackson Pollock.