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Born in Paris in 1920, Olivier Debré was one of the key representatives of lyrical abstraction in the 20th century. His early works, created around 1943, reflected the influence of Picasso (whom he met in 1941), and around 1945 he began to make paintings reflecting the influence of Japanese calligraphy in gouache and ink, in common with American Abstract Expressionists like Kline and Motherwell. By 1960, Debré was making vibrant color field paintings with sweeping, fluid marks. In later decades he worked with master printers and chromists to produce beautiful limited edition lithographs of these works.