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Jim Dine is considered one of the foremost protagonists of American Pop Art. He works in numerous genres, including painting, graphic work and sculpture, photography, poetry and theatre. He is known for his ability to fuse Pop art with an emotionally charged, expressive language. A repertoire of recurring subjects such as hearts, Venus and bathrobes can be found throughout his oeuvre.
His work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1964 and three times at the documenta in Kassel (1967, 1972 and 1977). In 1970, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York showed a major retrospective of his work and in 1978, a retrospective of his etchings was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The Legion of Honour is the highest French award. It rewards, in a great national mix, the merits acquired by citizens, without any social or hereditary consideration and in all sectors of activity in the country. Dine, who has been a resident of the city of Paris for more than a decade, has gifted 24 paintings and sculptures, which he made from 1966 to 2016, to the Centre Pompidou in 2016.