Jean Pons

Born in 1913 - France


Jean Pons was born in 1913 in Paris and died in 2005, he was a great French artist of the 20th century.

In 1938, he founded his lithography studio which allowed him to work with all the great artists of the century such as: Nicolas de Staël, Serge Charchoune, Robert Delaunay, Wassily Kandinsky and Serge Poliakoff. In parallel, Jean created his own pieces in an expressionist style. Later on, he started working on classic subjects like dead nature, landscapes and portraits.

In the late 30s, he turned towards abstraction and practiced different techniques including collage and mixed techniques. But this period lasted only a short time and under the influence of the New Figuration movement, he took a figurative style. He kept his predilection for bright colors although his choice of colors softened gradually.

Throughout his career, he has been in constant contact with artists from all the great movements of the 20th century: Geometric Abstraction, New School of Paris, Lyrical Abstraction, Cobra, and many others.

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L’artiste exposera son travail dans les expositions collectives importantes (Salons des Indépendants, Salon de Mai, Réalités Nouvelles, Salon d’Automne, Salon d’Octobre dont il est co-fondateur, etc) en France, mais aussi à l’étranger (Ljubljana, Cincinnati, Cambridge, etc) ; de même, de nombreuses expositions personnelles consacreront son art, dont la première, en 1952, sera organisée à la Galerie Suzanne Michel, à Paris. Ses œuvres seront montrées aux cimaises de la Galerie La Hune, chez Colette Allendy, à la Galerie Iris Clerc, au Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris en 1984, etc.
Jean Pons réalisera plusieurs livres illustrés, travaillant, entre autres, auprès d’Aimé Césaire (« Batouque », 1945) et de Charles Estienne (« Rose de l’Insulte », 1952).

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