James Pichette (1920-1996) designed stage sets and theatrical costumes before signing up for military service in 1939. He fell ill and spent two years in a hospital in the Savoy Alps, where he devoted himself to figurative painting in addition to philosophical and literary topics in 1942. After the end of the Second World War, he moved to Paris, came into contact with avant-garde artistic circles and was undecided until the end of the 1940s whether he should become an actor or a painter. In 1947 he took part in the Parise Salon des Surindépendants with a cubist painting, traveled to Rome and worked in the film studios of Cinecittà while painting his first surrealist pictures. Two years later he presented purely at his first solo exhibition at the Paris gallery Paul Morihien abstract painting. Trips to Spain, Tunisia, Germany and other countries follow. In contact with works by the artist group De Stijl, a change takes place in his works towards the constructive abstract. He participates in many important exhibitions in Paris and becomes a member of the Salon d'Octobre. He maintains friendships with Alfred Manessier, Hans Hartung, Serge Poliakoff and Jean Bertholle. In the 1960s his art became lyrical and abstract. This is followed by a first trip to the USA and a meeting with Sam Francis and Alexander Calder in New York. He discovered jazz for himself and translated it through a more spontaneous and emotional visual language.
The composition is mainly determined by the color green, which is broken up by internal forms of blue, yellow and red. It reveals the relationship to Alberto Magnelli's works, which exerted a great influence on him in the 1950s.