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Jean Gorin

(1899—1981)


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French Constructivist artist, born in Saint-Émilion-de-Blein. He studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris and at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nantes. After discovering Cubism and Purism, he wrote to Mondrian to gain a sense of direction, meeting him in 1927. Like Charles Biederman later, he saw the logical development of Mondrian's art was outward into space, and in 1929 he began making relief constructions using horizontals and verticals. Some later work sets these patterns against curves or uses diagonals—as Michel Seuphor points out, ‘heresy in the eyes of the pure plasticity of Mondrian’. Gorin sought for a fusion of his art with architecture, saying in 1949 that ‘The ordinary man in the 20th century should be able to live completely in pure air, light, and joy, through architecture.’

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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