Who was the artist Jean Miotte?

Jean Miotte was a French painter whose personal form of abstraction placed him at a crossroad between Lyrical Abstraction, Informal Art and Tachisme. The representation of movement and dance was central to Miotte’s work as an artist. Born on 8 September 1926 in Paris, Jean Miotte spent his adolescence in Paris during the German occupation. He was 18 years old at the end of the Second World War. “It was in this context of upheaval and planetary ideological turmoil that his desire for other values, other spiritual commitments was exacerbated. His hostility towards all forms of regimentation, and group effects, dates from this time. At the age of nineteen, he had decided, his path would be solitary…” wrote Serge Lenczner.

Miotte started painting in 1946, during his military service. He painted the walls of his barracks. After this, the French painter Jean Miotte painted frescoes and theatre sets. In 1947, Miotte frequented the studios of the painters Othon Friesz and Ossip Zadkine. Suffering from tuberculosis in the same year, the artist was hospitalised for many months, during which time he continued to paint and make drawings. When he was released in 1948, he painted from life and also created some imaginary compositions. The painter Jean Miotte painted his first abstract painting in 1950.

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