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 Michaux, Henri (1899 - 1984)
Belgium

Untitled, 1959

Indian ink on paper;
55 x 75 cm
School of Paris

UID 102-378



Biography

Belgian by birth but of French nationality, Michaux worked in the fields of painting, design and poetry. He studied at the Jesuit school in Brussels (1911-14) and, in 1919, began a medicine course which he soon gave up. In 1922, he began writing and, in 1924, he went to Paris where he was fascinated by the works of Klee, Ernst and De Chirico presented in a Surrealist exhibition. In the following year, he began to concentrate on painting and, between 1927 and 1937, he travelled to various countries which had a strong influence on his later work. In 1937, he had his first one-man show at the Librairie-Galerie de la Pléiade and, during the Second World War published various books which he also illustrated. In 1959 and 1964, he took part in Documenta 2 and 3, in Kassel. After 1967, he introduced more colour in his works through the use of acrylic paint and, during the 70s, his style remained essentially spontaneous and abstract. Michaux's drawing and painting was close to Surrealism. Nonetheless, his compositions in the 50s were greatly influenced by Tachisme.



Exhibitions

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho
Palácio da Galeria, Câmara Municipal de Tavira, Portugal
12-07-2003 ~ 14-09-2003

The Berardo Collection - A Voyage through the 20th Century
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-12-2004 ~ 30-04-2005

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, Sintra
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
04-07-2001 ~ 30-06-2001

The Berardo Collection
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
17-05-1997 ~ 31-08-1997

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
22-10-2002 ~ 28-02-2003

Face - a - Face
Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo (SMAM-CB), Portugal
02-10-2001 ~ 30-04-2001

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), Portugal
27-01-2000 ~ 27-08-2000


Bibliography

Colecção Berardo Collection 1917-1999, 2000
Published by CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
ISBN 972817652X

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, 2001
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729742847

O Surrealismo na Colecção Berardo - Estranho Desenho, 2003
Published by Palácio da Galeria, Câmara Municipal de Tavira
ISBN 9728705050

Sotheby's, Contemporary Art Part II, London, Friday, 3rd December 1993, lot. 109, 1993
Published by Sotheby´s

Territórios Singulares na Colecção Berardo, 2002
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 972974288X

The Berardo Collection – Sintra Museum of Modern Art, 1996
Published by Sintra Museu de Arte Moderna - Colecção Berardo
ISBN 9729739105







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