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Georges Mathieu

Lyrical Abstraction,Tachism,

  • Composition abstraite

Georges Mathieu

(Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1921 – Boulogne-Billancourt, 2012)

Composition abstraite, 1979

Alkyd, ink and collage on paper
Signed and dated lower right Mathieu 79
Annotated below Pour Michèle et Alain Carles
27 x 19.6 cm

Provenance    :
- Alain and Michèle Carles Collection, Paris
- Succession Michèle Carles, born Dubeuf, Paris

Jean-Marie Cusinberche, Collection Alain et Michèle Carles, Paris, Set of 20 works by Georges Mathieu in Catalog Post-War & Contemporain I, Artcurial, Paris, December 3, 2019, reproduced in color on p. 83


Alain Carles (Perpignan, 1924 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, 2002) presented himself as "the most important collector of Mathieu's paintings". He was a director of companies that included Printemps. His wife, Michèle (Saint-Etienne, 1913 - Paris, 2019), née Dubeuf, was a pharmacist. Their Mathieu collection consisted of 20 paintings specially painted for the couple from 1976 to 1987. All of the Master's paintings were hung in their apartment in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. The couple also had often signed drawings, all the medals created by the artist as well as most of the works on Mathieu in their first editions. A great friendship linked this couple of patrons to the Master of Lyrical Abstraction.


View of the Parisian apartment of Alain and Michèle Carles. On the wall, the paintings of Mathieu


Portrait of Mathieu
Photograph autographed 'Pour Alain Carles avec l’amitié de Mathieu"

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