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Simon Hantai

 (1922 - 2008)
Simon Hantai was active/lived in France, Hungary.  Simon Hantai is known for abstract painting on folding canvas.

Biography   Simon Hantai


1922
Birth of Simon Hantaï on December 7, Bia, Hungary

1942-1948
Studies at the School of Fine Arts in Budapest.

1948
Leaves Hungary and travels through Italy before settling in France

1950-1951
First "Surrealizing" works, trying out different techniques: collage, frottage, scraping with razor blades, dripping and even folding. Becomes interested in gestural painting.

1953
First exhibition, "Peintures" at the Surrealist gallery L'Etoile Scellée, Paris, presented by André Breton.
November: publication of issue no. 1 of the journal Médium: communication surréaliste, known as the "Simon Hantaï issue," with a cover and illustrations by the artist.

1954
Simon Hantaï meets Jean FourniPaul Kasmin Gallery
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