Jean Miotte

The French artist Jean Miotte is regarded as one of the main exponents of L’Art Informel in the age of France’s great abstract painters. Miotte started painting oils on canvas after World War II, creating his first abstract works in 1950. At the time of his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1957, Miotte presented works of art dominated by dark colours.

Miotte’s style then evolved with influences of artists such as Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, who Miotte met in his first trip in the USA. White is the dominant color of Miotte’s mature compositions, where the artist also made use of powerful primary colors. The French painter was widely inspired by different forms of art, in particularly ballet: among the main influencing characters, the choreographer Balanchine and the dancer Margot Fonteyn.

Miotte’s creations are dynamic entities which aim at communicating freedom and motion to the viewer: “My painting is a projection where creation occurs in the midst of spiritual tension as the result of inner conflicts.” The French painter’s style was widely appreciated in Asia, and Miotte was one of the first western artists to be invited to exhibit in Beijing in 1980. The artwork “Attirance”, painted in 1997 and sold at auction in 2004, is currently the most valued among Miotte’s abstract creations.

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