Jean Degottex (1918-1988) started as soon as 1955 to distance himself from lyrical abstraction for which he stood as a great figure. He gave up, little by little, colours and got interested in signs and writing which exists only through the gesture founded on a profound meditation, seeking for the void, a notion he seemed to have discovered in the Zen doctrine. Then, slowly, the writing disappeared and let place to the line in search of some austerity, the absolute stroke. He sums up the act of a painter who extends his paint on the canvas. Canvas, brush, painting, gesture, all of this is stripped down. Jean Gottex is one of the greatest French painters of the mid twenty-century.