Project DescriptionDescription: Ink on paper, 52.5 x 75 cm. Signed initials 'HM' (lower right)
Catalogue note: A Belgian-born French author and painter best known for the work he produced while hallucinating on mescaline, a psychedelic drug. His visual art often comprised of squiggly, organic abstractions which vaguely allude to figures or architecture, hinting at the artist’s altered state and the broadening of his senses.Born in 1899, Michaux abandoned his college education to travel extensively through Asia and South America, where he encountered philosophical and cultural ideas that resonated with him throughout the rest of his career. The artist’s work focused on the impossibility of making sense of modern society, while also exploring the vastness of self-reflection and psychoactive experiences. His art was the subject of shows at both the Museum of Modern Art in Paris and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1978. Today, his works can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. Michaux died on October 18, 1984 in Paris, France.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 16169, Lot 218, Invoice no. DB18002547. Galerie Le Point Cardinal, Paris. | Acquired from it by the current owner
Catalogue no.: 2018P0094-HM