Watercolor style from France
Georges Artaud was born in 1947 in Sainte Marie Sur Mer, France.
He particularly excelled in painting and drawing in Marcel Fraboulet’s drawing classes. This well known French painter helped him prepare his admittance at the “Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts” in Bourges.
In 1963 was his first exhibition at seventeen at the “Galerie Meriot” in Rochefort Sur Mer (France) where he exposed oil on canvas, pastels and drawings of his beloved seascapes of the French Atlantic coasts.
1964, at the end of his first year of studies he received a bursary for his academic year at the “Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts”.
After his 3 years of brilliant studying, he graduated with the CAFAS diploma.
He had expositions in Paris and throughout France, he was awarded with a number of prizes.
Permanent exposition is held in the “RED DOOR” gallery in North Little Rock (Arkansas).
Georges is a keen observer of ambience. Whatever the technique, whatever his subject, he puts no more on his canvas than the essential: the light.
With a few strokes of his brush the misty banks of the Charente appear, or perhaps an interior in which you would be at home reading your paper.
Pastel is mostly kept to translate the fragile transparency of flowers and the calm tranquillity of landscapes filled with the harmonies that are spring and autumn. However, it is watercolour that takes pride of place.
This technique is not just “a small squeaky voice overwhelmed by the orchestra that is oils” as was written by José de los Llanos in his remarkable work on the subject.
Georges Artaud uses watercolor in a modern manner, but remains conscious of the tradition it conveys. The modernity manifests itself in his free touch and in the accidents of which he knows how to use.
The tradition persists in the precision of his touch. His works are a subtle mix of finesse and force.
A large proportion of the ceations of Georges Artaud are flowers. Either in watercolour or in pastel, he draws with the passion of the attentive observer of nature that he is. He paints them with refinement and precision, which allows him to portray all the beauty of the natural world in a single flower.
Even if the competence shown by this artist is undeniable, we are still won over by his exceptional mastery of light.
Be it in an evening along the Charente, a roof in Paris in the rain, an abandonned boat on the shore, wet cobblestones or a simple moss covered fence dividing two fields, never has watercolour appeared so luminous, so powerful.
Often served by a foreground of impeccable sharpness and a soft evasive background, the works of Georges Artaud tell of a soft elegance in which the onlooker can drown with pleasure.
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