JEAN HÉLION

My interest in this artist dates from long ago. Jean Hélion is the first artist I collected, long before opening the gallery. I have always lived surrounded by his work, have followed his exhibitions, and have read attentively all the books that have been devoted to him.

Hélion is a major artist of the 20th century, who has been exhibited at Beaubourg, the Modern Art Museum of Paris, the Grand Palais, Lenback haus in Munich, the Guggenheim in Venice, the Peggy Guggenheim museum in New York, and many other museums, notably in the United States, China, and England. His name is well known. He is admired by many artists of his generation, Giacometti, and Balthus in particular, and younger artists like Arroyo, Aillaud, Raysse and Télémaque.

His abstract paintings, created in the 1930’s in the United States are well known and recognized. Hélion was an important personality in the art world overseas. But many in France and in the USA couldn’t forgive his return to figurative painting in 1939, as if it was a sort of treason, though this evolution was foreseeable : Volumes suggesting the human form began appearing as early as 1933. He himself announced his future path – all the stages, with astonishing precision as early as 1936 (see our biography). And with exception to the 1950’s, most of his figurative works are expressed by geometrical forms, or rely on architectural designs.


The abundance and the complexity of Hélion’s work, including, and especially the late years are still largely unknown.

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Jean Hélion's biography

EXHIBITIONS

PERSONAL

 1934 « Jean Hélion », Université de Chicago, Chicago

 1937 « Jean Hélion », Howard Putzel Gallery, Exposition organisée par Marcel Duchamp, Los Angeles

 1937 « Jean Hélion », San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco

 1943 « Jean Hélion. Abstract Paintings », The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago

 1943 « Jean Hélion. Paintings 1933-1939 », Art of this Century, New York

 1986 « Omaggio a Jean Hélion. Opere recenti/Homage to Jean Hélion. Recent Works », Fondazione Solomon R. Guggenheim, Venise

 1987 « Jean Hélion. Peintures de 1929 à 1983 », Galerie Louis Carré & Cie, Paris

 1990 « Jean Hélion », Tate Gallery, Liverpool

 1990 « Jean Hélion », IVAM-Centro Julio Gonzalez, Valence

 1991 « Dation, peintures et dessins », Musée national d'art moderne, Paris

 1995 « Jean Hélion », Musée des Beaux-Arts, Orléans

 1995 « Hélion, la figure tombée », Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar

 1996 « Hélion, la figure tombée », Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne

 

 2004 « Jean Hélion », Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

 2005 « Jean Hélion », Musée Picasso, Barcelone

 2005 « Jean Hélion », National Academy Museum, New York

 2018 « Jean Hélion, rétrospective de 50 peintures et dessins », Galerie Alain Margaron, Paris

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