Michel Seuphor – poet, theorist and important figure among the avant-gardists of the twentieth century – founded the literary and humanist bulletin The overview in 1921, which defended abstract art and promoted avant-garde visual arts and music. He met Marinetti, Moholy-Nagy, Gabo, Gropius and Mondrian, was responsible for the international pieces of the magazine l’Esprit nouveau [The new spirit] and founded the art group Cercle et Carré [Cirkel en Vierkant] (1930).
His oeuvre was characterized by exclusive use of paper, pen drawing and East Indian ink, on which he sometimes attached paper elements that he called “dessins à gaps” [lacuna drawings]. He obtained a play with light and dark by drawing parallel lines more or less closely together. From this interplay of lines abstract forms arose that evoked inner truths.