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Jean Hélion

Born in: 1904

France

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Jean Hélion (real name Jean Bichier) was a French painter. He was born in 1904 in Couterne (Normandy) and died in 1987 in Paris. A multifacetted painter, he is a rare case as he switched from abstraction to figuration.

He moved in 1921 to Paris, where he first worked as apprentice to an architect; began to paint in 1923, self-taught, and since 1925 has painted full-time. Began by painting still lifes, portraits and landscapes, his work gradually becoming more and more abstract. Painted in an entirely abstract style from 1929-39; co-founder of the Groupe Art Concret in 1929 with Théo van Doesburg, Otto Carlsund et Léon Tutundjian, and co-founder and member of Abstraction-Création 1931-4.

Moved to the USA (New York and Rockbridge Baths, Virginia) in 1936, but returned to France in 1940 to join the French Army. Was taken prisoner, but escaped in 1942 and returned to the USA. Published a book on his war experiences, They shall not have me, in 1942. Started to paint again in 1943 in a figurative style (scenes of everyday life, etc.), which was at first strongly based on abstraction but gradually became looser and more impressionistic in handling; since 1951 has painted many works from nature, including views of Paris and Belle-Ile. Has lived mainly in Paris since 1946 but traveled extensively.

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Jean Hélion, Homme parapluie, femme au balcon, Print

Jean Hélion

Homme parapluie, femme au balcon, 1980
19.7 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch
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Jean Hélion, Deux hommes avec chapeau, Print

Jean Hélion

Deux hommes avec chapeau, 1980
19.7 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch
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Jean Hélion, Femme au chapeau, Print

Jean Hélion

Femme au chapeau, 1980
19.7 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch
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Jean Hélion, Homme sur bicyclette, Print

Jean Hélion

Homme sur bicyclette, 1980
19.7 x 25.2 x 0.4 inch
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$600

Jean Hélion, Force de la mer VI, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer VI, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
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Jean Hélion, Force de la mer V, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer V, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
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Jean Hélion, Force de la mer III, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer III, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
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Jean Hélion, Force de la mer IV, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer IV, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
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Jean Hélion, Force de la mer II, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer II, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
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Jean Hélion, Force de la mer I, Print

Jean Hélion

Force de la mer I, 1965
15 x 20.9 inch
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$429

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