Jean Helion

Jean Hélion, born 'Jean Bichier', was a figurative french painter, born on the 21st of April 1904 in Couterne and died the 27th of October 1987 in Paris.

After studying pharmacology and chemistry in Lille, Hélion became an architecture drawer in Paris.

In the 1920s, Hélion began painting, with a geometric tendency, with Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger and Théo van Doesburg. Quickly, Hélion turned towards an abstraction which favoured volume, rythm and movement. As soon as 1925, the collector Georges Bine allowed him to dedicate himself to art at full time.

Since 1927, Hélion took part to the artistic magazine L'Acte. In 1928, he exhibited at the Independants Salon.

Hélion married Pegeen Guggenheim, Peggy Guggenheim's daughter.

Jean Hélion has alway known how to express in his works his young spirit, through the colors vivacity and his compositions' rythm.

Hélion is now considered as the precursor of the German Fauves of the 1970s and of the Figuratives of the 1980s.