Jean Miotte

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Jean Miotte (Paris, 1926) is a French abstract painter. In 1953 his works were first exposed at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles. A scholarship of the Ford Foundation in 1961 was a turning point in the career of Jean Miotte. Meeting American artists of his generation such as Sam Francis, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko and Alexander Calder and Experiencing the vast American landscape had an important impact on the young French artist. [1]

Some later selected exibitions were at: 1963, Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, The Netherlands, 1969, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1980, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 1998, The National Arts Club, New York, and 1999, Museum Jan van der Togt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


“My painting is a projection, a succession of acute moments where creation occurs in the midst of spiritual tension as the result of inner conflicts. Painting is not a speculation of the mind or spirit, it’s a gesture from within.”

Miotte painted in the abastract style known as L'Art Informel. Informel is often regarded as the European equivalent of Abstract Expressionism. [2]


The art of Informel (or Informal Art) had an important role in the European and American post-war art scene, and Miotte was an early proponent. Meaning “formless,” or “away from form,” Informel is related to Abstract Expressionism, but seeks to strip away all reference to representation, and to become a new kind of international language. [3]

Recent expositions

Instant ébloui.
  • 2000 Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.
  • Chäteau de Prague, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Museum Ludwig, Koblenz, Germany.
  • Aboa Vetus Ars Nova Museum, Turku, Finlande.
  • Museum for Contemporary Art, Villa Haiss, Zell a.H., Germany.
  • Château de St Aubin, St. Aubin, Suisse.
  • 2001 Galerie Guy Pieters, St. Paul de Vence, France.
  • 2002 Museum of Brno, Czech Republic.
  • 2003 Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA.
  • Anthologie, Galerie Hélène Lamarque, Paris, France.
  • 2005 Museo Fundacion Cristóbal Gabarrón, Valladolid, Spain.
  • Artrium, Genève, Suisse.
  • Bibliothèque National de Nice, Nice, France.
  • Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA.


Incendiare, 1958.

Incendiare, 1958.

See also

Miotte, the founder of the Informel movement of painting.

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