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JEAN HELION (French / 1904-1987)

No less than three monographs were published to mark the centenary of Jean Hélion, by Bruno Racine, Didier Ottinger, and Hervé Bize. In the 1920s and 30s Jean Hélion was closely associated with the Belgian artist Luc Lafnet, with whom he exhibited. Jean Hélion was married to Peggy Guggenheim's daughter Pegeen. Hélion was born in Couterne (Orne). He initially studied as a chemist, and then worked in an architect's office. He started painting without any training, exhibiting his work on the railings in Montmartre, deciding in 1925 to devote himself exclusively to art. In the 1930s he spent most of his time in the United States. Hélion returned to France in 1940 to join the army, was made prisoner, but escaped, making his way back to the USA in 1942. Jean Hélion returned to France in 1948. Among his many artistic influences, the most profound was probably that of Fernand Léger.

See also:

LUC LAFNET
JACQUES LAMY
FERNAND LÉGER
ANDRÉ MASSON
GEORGES ROHNER

Selected prints by JEAN HELION

Élargissement du
temps, 1972
Lithograph

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