Georges Mathieu, Famed French Painter of Sprawling Abstractions, Is Dead at 91

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Georges Mathieu, whose large abstract paintings and painting performances made him one of France’s most famous and financially successful artists, died on Sunday in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, a suburb of Paris, according to RFI. He was 91.

Writer and French Minister of Cultural Affairs AndrĂ© Malraux once referred to Mathieu as a “Western calligrapher,” according to the wire service, aptly capturing the character of his abstract marks, which came to be grouped under the style of Lyrical Abstraction in the years following World War II. Read More