Jean HELION (1904-1987)

Born in Couterne, in Normandy, Jean Hélion studied architecture in Paris.

From 1920, he moved towards the geometric abstraction movement associating with Mondrian, Léger and Calder.

In 1930 he founded the Abstraction-Creation group with Arp, Herbin, Delaunay, Gleizes, Kupka… After a first trip to the United States in 1932, he became one of the major players in abstraction and exhibited in New York.

In 1939, he abandoned abstract compositions and turned towards figuration before joining the French Army.

On his return to the United States in 1942, his work was exhibited in the Paul Rosenberg Gallery and in the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery. He married Peggy’s daughter, Pegeen. But his evolution towards figuration upset the public who did not follow him in this figurative route.

His works became a wonder at everyday things and are an explosion of acid colours. The Renou and Colle, Louis Carré and Karl Flinker Galleries frequently exhibited his work. Many retrospectives paid homage to him such as in the Grand Palais in 1970 or Pompidou in 2004.

In 2011, Galerie de la Présidence dedicated an exhibition to him ‘From abstraction to figuration (1912-1946)’ reuniting 50 watercolours. He is considered today to be the precursor of the 1980’s figurative artists.



 

Jean Hélion
"Figure" 1938
watercolor 32 x 24 cm

Contact us for this work


 

Helion-Composition-1932

Jean Hélion
"Composition" 1932
watercolor 25 x 20 cm

Contact us for this work


 

Helion-Equilibre

Jean Hélion
"Equilibre"
watercolor 19,5 x 27,5 cm

Contact us for this work


 

Helion-Pegeen-54-1946

Jean Hélion
"Pegeen" 54, 1946
watercolor 29,4 x 22 cm

Contact us for this work


 

Helion-Composition-1939

Jean Hélion
"Composition" 1939
watercolor 24 x 31 cm

Contact us for this work


 

Hélion, Composition, 1936

Jean Hélion
"Composition" 1936
watercolor 30 x 22,3 cm

Contact us for this work



Top