Who was the artist Georges Mathieu?

A French artist, the painter Georges Mathieu was one of the pioneers of the Lyrical Abstraction movement. He was also one of the first artists to paint in public, bringing together painting and performance art.

Mathieu was born into a family of bankers in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, on 27 January 1921. After studying literature, law and philosophy, Mathieu created his first oil paintings in 1942. The artist worked as a teacher for several years before starting his career as a painter. After more than one hundred and fifty private exhibitions throughout the world—including in New York in 1979, Montreal in 1979, Mannheim in 1980, Rio de Janeiro in 1982, Tunis in 1983, Singapore in 1984, Bahrain in 1982—and major retrospectives in Antibes in 1976, in Ostend in 1977 and in Paris at the Grand Palais in 1978, the painter Georges Mathieu went on to create a number of monumental sculptures. These new works included pieces created for the Neuilly Sports Complex in 1982, the C.E.S. in Charenton in 1982, and the Elf-Aquitaine Tower in the Parisian business district of La Défense.

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