François Morellet (Cholet 1926 – Cholet 2016) was a French painter, sculptor, and light artist. François Morellet ‘s early work prefigured minimal art and conceptual art, and he played a prominent role in the development of geometrical abstract art.
Morellet began his artistic career – still working in his parents’ business – as a autodidact painter. His work was influenced by the work of the Dutch painter Piet Mondriaan and by the French painter Pierre Dmitrienko (Nouvelle École de Paris).
As early as 1950 he called himself an abstract painter and around that time he already had his first exhibition at Galerie Creuze in Paris. His first “sphère trame” dates from this period.