The 1940s, Geometric Abstraction

Coulon adopted a style of twisting lines forming serpentine networks that spilled out of the frame through a surprising allover effect. The intentionally washed-out colors reverberate with silent grief the loss of his brother in 1944. Coulon met Caroline Garabadian: the colorist slumbering within him awoke, encouraged by a brighter-looking future. Color began generating light, a major component of his painting.

Lydia Harambourg, "Jean-Michel Coulon" (published by Gourcuff-Gradenigo) 
Jean-Michel Coulon 1949
Jean-Michel Coulon 1949

54 x 72 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1946
Jean-Michel Coulon 1946

42 x 26 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1946
Jean-Michel Coulon 1946

24 x 33 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1945
Jean-Michel Coulon 1945

24 x 33 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1949
Jean-Michel Coulon 1949

35 x 27 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1948
Jean-Michel Coulon 1948

54 x 72 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1948
Jean-Michel Coulon 1948

54 x 72 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1946
Jean-Michel Coulon 1946

42 x 42 cm

Jean-Michel Coulon 1946
Jean-Michel Coulon 1946

24 x 33 cm