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Twin Figures

Painting of multicolored rectangles and irregular interlocking shapes.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • Painting of multicolored rectangles and irregular interlocking shapes.

Date:

March 1938

Artist:

Jean Hélion
French, 1904–1987

About this artwork

Jean Hélion was a leading member of the abstract art movement in 1920s and 1930s Paris, producing rigorous geometric paintings that followed the general tenets of Piet Mondrian and other artists associated with De Stijl. Along with Theo van Doesburg, Hélion founded Art Concret (later known as Abstract-Création), the first French avant-garde group devoted to radical abstraction. In 1936 Hélion moved to the United States and, at the invitation of László Moholy-Nagy, took a teaching position at Chicago’s New Bauhaus (later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology). This painting, produced during Hélion’s time in the United States, exemplifies his continuing exploration of abstraction, injecting rhythmic color and organic form into his compositions. In 1939 Hélion returned to France to fight in World War II.

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Modern Art

Artist

Jean Hélion

Title

Twin Figures

Origin

France

Date

1938

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

132.1 × 175.3 cm (52 × 69 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Peggy Guggenheim

Reference Number

1957.14

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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