Art: In the End, Nothing

"Speed, intuition, excitement: that is my method of creation." Thus natty George Mathieu. 36, French "action painter," describes the process behind the globular, pyrotechnic displays that have earned him a reputation as one of the zaniest, smartest abstractionists in Paris.

To prove his mettle, he went to Tokyo last week for a one-man show, proceeded to paint the complete exhibition on the spot.

No man to ignore a good prop, especially in the presence of photographers, Mathieu once donned helmet and greaves to paint his The Battle of Bonvines (TIME, March 7, 1955). For Tokyo, what else, but a kimono? Arriving at the...

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