Monday, 19 September 2016

Heroes/Heroines: Gérard Drouillet.



Drouillet was one of those 'Stream of Consciousness' painters who is difficult to classify. Maybe 'Expressionist' would suit him the closest; but it's not ideal.

Like many, he started each job with a simple idea, then filled spaces to create composition; colour then balanced where his subject matter was lacking. We all do it, but he had a particularly interesting format.

He used what I think of as 'devices' to fill his canvases; the one below being a good example. Plants, leaves, flowers, and unknown objects.


I have only recently discovered that M Drouillet died back in 2011; at 65 he was a relatively young man.

A good painter; worthy of further investigation.


28 comments:

  1. A bit of a cross between Chagall and Dubuffet

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    1. I tried to find some better examples of his work in Google images, but nothing took my fancy. These two pix I photographed from an old magazine article.

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    2. Certainly some Dubuffet in there; not quite so sure about the Chagall.

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  2. Another 'Hmmmm' from me I'm afraid.

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    1. Most of my 'heroes' from this series are what one might call 'Painter's painters'. Usually not much appreciated outside of the small circle of painters and collectors. Not everyone's cup of tea!

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    2. "Painter's painters". Is that of similar thought as "Painter's garden"?

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    3. I'm not sure, but there are certainly many painters who are much more appreciated by fellow painters than anyone else. Maybe there's a secret language between us.

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  3. Well you guys may like it but I wouldn't want one like that in my home. Thank you.

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    1. It's a good thing we're all different; I'd have my home filled with them.

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  4. Thank you Cro, i always so glad to read here things that are new to me:)

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    1. Good. Very much my taste, but I like to introduce less known painters.

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  5. I like his use of colour, both bright colours and subtle. This is my sort of painter Cro.

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  6. The face is so like some bizarre crucifix's I discovered in South Korea!

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    1. You should see the one my son brought back from Mexico;... on second thoughts..

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  7. I don't know enough about art to be a critic, but I do find it interesting.

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  8. Interesting. Not really my cup of tea, but thanks for the intro to something new.

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    1. No, not everyone's cup of Tea. But worth a look anyway.

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  9. M. Drouillet is new to me, and so I thank you for the introduction. I did do a bit of google look ups to see more of his work, and think he was playful in his painting, as you said, he seemed to let the picture evolve.

    I'm not exactly sure why, but I think I would have guessed that the paintings had been created by a French painter.

    Best wishes.

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    1. Personally, I like paintings that make me smile, and, you're right, he is very playful in his work. I think he must have had a lot of fun producing them.

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  10. I do not know this artist, so I was happy to read your post today. I think his painting more European than American. Frances said French and I think I could believe that.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Very much a Frenchman. Out on a limb.

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  11. I don't think I would want his paintings on my walls, but I do like his work.

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    1. As I said above; not everyone's cup of tea.

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  12. My father was an artist, fairly conventional and routine: trees, rivers, more trees. But then in the mid 70's he started painting with thinned, brightly colored Plaster of Paris. Drouillet's work here reminded me of that time in my dad's career. Makes me wonder now if he was dipping into some of the confiscated drugs he had access to since he was also a juvenile delinquent police office.

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    1. I have heard that some painters have more than a cup of coffee whilst working; maybe your father was the same! I, myself, am known to have a glass of wine.

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