Jean Hélion

1904–1987

Jean Hélion, 'Abstract Composition' 1934
Abstract Composition 1934
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Biography

Jean Hélion (April 21, 1904 – October 27, 1987) was a French painter whose abstract work of the 1930s established him as a leading modernist. His midcareer rejection of abstraction was followed by nearly five decades as a figurative painter. He was also the author of several books and an extensive body of critical writing.

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