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Henri Michaux

Henri Michaux

Born in: 1899

Belgium

Biography
The writer, poet, and painter Henri Michaux was born in Namur in 1899. Born into a wealthy family living in Brussels, he grew up reading Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. He studied medicine first, then gave it up to become a sailor. He discovered Lautréamont and began to write a lot himself. He emigrated to Paris in the '20s and renounced Belgium. From 1925 he discovered painting, which enabled him to « free himself from words, these sticky partners ». His techniques included watercolours, drawing, gouache, engraving and ink. His drawings of neurons, faces, and hundreds of silhouettes invaded the paper to create strange textures. Both in drawing and writing, his content was inspired by his experiences with mescalin which he experimented with very scientifically, a reminder of his penchant for medicine. He took part in the « L’envolée lyrique » exhibition in Paris (1945-1956) but often refused to accept the awards conferred on him as well as interviews in order to preserve his solitude and discreet place in history. He also never joined any movement, as he considered writing and painting as the means of introspection.
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Henri Michaux, Par la voie des rythmes 153, Print

Henri Michaux

Par la voie des rythmes 153, 1974
15 x 12.8 inch
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$833

Henri Michaux, Composition 119, Print

Henri Michaux

Composition 119, 1974
19.9 x 13 inch
Print

$1,071

Henri Michaux, Composition 127, Print

Henri Michaux

Composition 127, 1974
19.9 x 13 inch
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$1,071

Henri Michaux, Composition 120, Print

Henri Michaux

Composition 120, 1974
19.9 x 13 inch
Print

$1,071

Henri Michaux, Composition, Print

Henri Michaux

Composition, 1974
19.9 x 13 inch
Print

$1,071

Henri Michaux, Composition 116, Print

Henri Michaux

Composition 116, 1974
19.9 x 13 inch
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Henri Michaux, Par la voie des rythmes 164, Print

Henri Michaux

Par la voie des rythmes 164, 1974
15 x 12.8 inch
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$833

Henri Michaux, Par la voie des rythmes 152, Print

Henri Michaux

Par la voie des rythmes 152, 1974
15 x 12.8 inch
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$952

Henri Michaux, Composition 115, Print

Henri Michaux

Composition 115, 1974
19.9 x 13 inch
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$1,071

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