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The Art of Emile Bellet

Andre Bellet

Emile Bellet, b. Provence France, 1941 -

 

 

Emile Bellet was born in Provence, France in 1941. He began to paint at the age of 15 years old, and by the age of 19 in 1960, held his first exhibition. In 1976 his career began in earnest when Galerie Guigne noticed him. In 1978 he completed the stained glass windows of the church “Notre Dame de Bon Voyage”, “Our Lady of Happy Travels”, in Port de Bouc. He was also commissioned by the Alpine Maritime Region to paint the work, "Travaux des Champs Work in the Fields".

 

Bellet - Parfum de Soleil

Bellet - Parfum de Soleil

He has held numerous exhibits in France: Grenoble, Aix en Provence, Cannes, Marseille, Lyon, and Megeve; and overseas: Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Switzerland and Japan (Gallery Mainichi). He currently enjoys permanent exhibits in Cannes, Lyon, Salon-de-Provence, Grenoble, Toulon and Annecy. His impressive resume also includes illustrations for Les Cahiers d'Art, Regards vers Ailleurs, and Empreintes (The Notebook of Art, A Look Beyond, printmaking).

 

He is a self-taught artist who has aligned himself with the discipline of the "Fauvres", or savages - a school of artists who lived at the turn of the 20th century, which included Matisse, Cezanne, Dufy, and Vlaminck. They painted in vivid non-authentic color, and Emile Bellet has mastered this discipline with an impasto knife accentuating this color with the elongated forms of the mannerists.

The familiar female figure used throughout his work is symbolic of his impression of femininity. She represents all women, and for this reason has no facial expression. She is timeless and ageless, and universal.

 

Patrice de la Perriere, Director of the Art Revue, Univers des Arts (Universe of the Arts) says of Bellet:

"The ethereal, red women of Bellet magnificently show themselves in the fragrance of summer light. Whether they are standing near a window opening onto a romantic countryside, or sitting languorously in a comfortable interior, Bellet's women never cease to draw you into a dreamlike world. Their presence, undeniably brings a real emotion to the viewer."

 

Emile Bellet delights in his work, as does a peasant in a field of Provence. Both treat their labors with love and respect; and his body of work reflects this feeling.

 Bellet - Ete Chaud

Bellet - Ete Chaud

 Bellet - Intensite Solaire

Bellet - Intensite Solaire

 Bellet - Unknown Title

Bellet - Unknown Title

 Bellet - Unknown Title

Bellet - Unknown Title

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