The Writings of a Passionate Painter

Jean Hélion, “Scattered Elements” (1937), ink on paper, 18 x 23 5/8 in (IMEC Archive), reproduced in black and white in 'Double Rhythm'

Jean Hélion, “Scattered Elements” (1937), ink on paper, 18 x 23 5/8 in (IMEC Archive), reproduced in black and white in ‘Double Rhythm’

Pick up a survey of modern art, start scanning the 1930s, and you may come across a paragraph or two on the French painter Jean Hélion (1904–1987). You’ll learn that this artist was a founding member of Art Concret, a short-lived group of defiantly abstract painters, that he resided for a time in the United States, and, possibly, that he turned in his later years to a more conservative figurative style. Overly tidy histories of art would locate Hélion in a small, discrete niche: the final blossoming of French-School-style composition before the burly onslaught

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