Jean-Michel Atlan  (French, 1913-1960) 

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Jean-Michel Atlan (French, 1913–1960) was a self-taught artist associated with the Dutch-based avant-garde movement COBRA. Born in Algeria, Atlan grew up in Turkey and Paris, where he studied philosophy at the Sorbonne. He subsequently became a teacher but, because he was Jewish, lost his teaching license during World War II and began to paint to occupy himself. In 1942, he was arrested for his involvement with the Resistance, but evaded the death camps by affecting insanity. While confined to the Saint-Anne asylum, Atlan wrote a volume of poetry entitled Le Sang profond or The Deep Blood, which he published upon his release.

After the war, Atlan began to exhibit his paintings, which featured amorphous colored shapes delineated with thick black strokes. He became friends with Danish painter Asger Jorn (Danish, 1914–1973) and several artists involved with COBRA, which profoundly influenced Atlan’s expressive style. In the last decade of his life, Atlan gained international critical acclaim, particularly in association with the growing movement of the Paris Nouvelle Ecole. Atlan died in 1960 of cancer. The Musée National d''''Art Moderne held a posthumous retrospective of Atlan’s work in 1963.

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Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans titre

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Sans titre
1959

Auction: Apr 27, 2014
Perrin, Royere, Lajeunesse - Versailles Enchères
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Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans Titre

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Sans Titre
1959

Stern Pissarro Gallery
Jean-Michel Atlan, Composition

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Composition
1957

Galerie des Modernes
Jean-Michel Atlan, Germination

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Germination
1947

Whitford Fine Art
Jean-Michel Atlan, Composition

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Composition
circa 1958

Ma Galerie
Jean-Michel Atlan, Sais

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Sais
1958

Abby M. Taylor Fine Art LLC
Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans titre

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Sans titre
1959

Galerie Fleury
  
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Jean-Michel Atlan, Sans titre

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Sans titre, 1954
pastel and mixed media on paper

 

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Jean-Michel Atlan, Le simoun

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Le simoun, 1957
color lithograph

 

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Jean-Michel Atlan, Composition

 

Jean-Michel Atlan
Composition, 1953
pastel laid on plywood

 

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1913   Born: Constantine, Algeria. (January 23)
1930 - 1934   Studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne. Paris, France.
1960   Died: Paris, France. (February 12)
1963   Retrospective. Musée National d'Art Moderne. Paris, France (solo)