The 1950s, the Dark Years

Coulon’s canvases, of medium size, offered surfaces divided into interlocking fields of warm colors – red ochres, browns, yellows, greys and blacks – expressing a power, richness and pictorial density that were already highly individual.  His repertoire of forms has gained clarity in a formal structure consisting of powerful verticals. His palette darkened as he lost his second brother and when his house and studio were devastated by a fire that destroyed a large number of his paintings.

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