Étienne-Martin (1913-1995) is one of the major artists of the second half of the XXth century. A former member of the Academie Ranson and the 'Témoignage' group in Lyon, he became influenced by the teachings of Gurjieff and other schools of esoteric thought. He was close to the writer Henri-Pierre Roché and the founders of the Oppède group, set up by Bernard Zehrfuss. In the 1960s, Étienne-Martin won the attention of art critics as different as Michel Tapié, Michel Ragon and Alain Jouffroy, as well as Harald Szeemann, an ardent defender, who made the artist a key figure in the section “Individual Mythologies” at Documenta 5 in Kassel in 1972. Etienne-Martin’s work is extensively represented in the state museums of France, including the Pompidou Centre and the Museum of Modern Art City of Paris.