BiographyPouget was born in 1923 in Oran, Algeria, where he studied at L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts d’Oran. In 1946 he was accepted into the École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, however, after only a week he decided to leave the school as he found it too conventional. Paris would remain his home for the rest of his life, and he quickly became involved in the avant-garde circle, developing strong affinities with abstract expressionists and later, with the COBRA Group, who would pave the way in Europe for the development of a type of informal art with highly expressive features, while maintaining a social, and philosophical commitment.
CareerIn 1948 Pouget had his first of many solo shows at prominent galleries, as well as the avant-garde salons. In 1954 he exhibited in “Divergence”, at Galerie Arnaud; as well as Galerie Art Vivant with Sam Francis, Serge Poliakoff and Bendt Lindstrom; 1955, Galerie Art Vivant with Appel, Alechinsky, Maryan; 1960, “Kringspontaneism”, Sweden, Norway, Denmark; 1961, Galerie Gummesson, Stockholm; “Ecole de Paris”, Galerie Nova Spectre, The Hague; 1962, American Centre, Paris; Galerie Denise Breteau; 1963, “Idole und Damonem”, Musée de Vienne; 1964, “Figuration et Défiguration”, Musée Gand; Fourth Prize Guggenheim, New York; “Nouvelle Figuration”, The Hague, Vienna, Berlin, Brussels; 1965, Musée Galliera; 1967, Galerie Claude Bernard; Galerie Nord with Maryan and Lindstrom; 1969, Galerie Veranneman, Brussels; 1970, The Hague, Copenhagen; 1976, “Struktur 68”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; 1978, Palais des Beaux Arts, Lille; 1979, Musée Rodin; and more recently retrospectives in 2004 at Espace Paul Rebeyrolle, and 2006 at Galerie Ariel, Paris.
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