The Museum of Avant-garde

Jean Hélion

France (1904—1987)
After studying engineering and architecture, Hélion took on painting following a trip to Paris in 1921. He worked as a draughtsman in an architectural practice. In 1931 he founded the Abstraction-Création movement and became one of the leading figures in non-objective painting. During his imprisonment in WWII he wrote a memoir called They shall not have me. After the war he went back to figurative painting.