|Sécan Georges, French painter
(1913- 1987) was born in Bucharest to a French father (the then
Vice-Consul in Bucharest) and a Finnish mother. He studied Art in
Paris and Munich, winning various awards and important competitions
from the age of 18 onwards.
A wandering spirit, he has sojourned at length in countries in and
outside Europe, including India, the Sudan and Egypt. The
experiences he gained from his journeys, have left profound traces
on his painting. On numerous occasions Sécan has also found
inspiration in Italian landscapes.
Whilst remaining apart from the main artistic currents (although
the recall to expressionism is not out of place), as well as from
the world of galleries and art dealers, Georges Sécan has
nevertheless attained international fame as the result of the open
praise on the part of both the most important critics and the
public, thanks to his prestigious exibitions.
With a warm and vigorous brush-stroke and an exceptional sense of
colour, Sécan is the creator of a new genre of painting
which, in 1941, he called "Subform" (forms let loose from
the profound subconscious). Michel Tapié, on the occasion of
an exibition organised for Sécan by the Municipality of Milan
at Palazzo Reale, redefined this kind of painting "Subformel"
in which the artist tends to express himself by his complete
detachemnt from himself in the attempt at once again finding an
ancient, lost understanding, that of primitive man faced by his
simple and truer subconscious. This commitment is sometimes
translated in the transfiguration of the landscape ( a sunset, a sea
-bed) or simply by a rhythmic sensation in images of an exasperated
expressive violence which, like the blinding intensity of the
colour, have few equals in contemporary paintings.
(From the U.T.E.T Encyclopaedia )