Michel Mortier

1925 - 2015

Artist biography

Michel Mortier was a visual artist. Born in 1925, Michel Mortier passed away in 2015. Artists like Pierre Baudin, Murray Fieldhouse, Marcel Van Den Driessche, Theo Wolvecamp, and Bernie Gerstner were also born in 1925.

Further Biographical Context for Michel Mortier

Michel Mortier was born in 1925 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1950s growing up. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many prominent creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Michel Mortier

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