The Juan March Foundation in Madrid currently has on display two beautiful works by Georges Mathieu in its exhibition entitled Lo Nunca Visto. De la pintura informalista al fotolibro de postguerra (1945-1965) [Never Before Seen: from informalist painting to the postwar photobook (1945-1965)].
Those two works are a 1951 painting (128.5 x 196 cm) in black and red on a white background, and the seminal Évanescence from 1945 (97 x 80 cm) which offers an early illustration of the dripping technique two years before Jackson Pollock.
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The Swiss collector and entrepreneur Jean Claude Gandur, president of the Gandur Foundation for Art which has loaned these two works, describes his interest in postwar European painting, of which he has constituted one of the most important private collections, according to the following terms:
I have known this European painting for a long, long time. I grew up with it and I have great esteem for it. I had the desire to bring together a major corpus of significant postwar works in order to rehabilitate the abstract European expressionism that had been unfairly relegated to the shadow of its American counterpart.
The Madrid exhibition, which opened on February 26, will go until June 5, 2016. Georges Mathieu will be shown alongside other major artists like Jean Dubuffet, Alberto Burri, Hans Hartung, Pierre Soulages and Nicolas de Staël.