This leporello unfolds over 88 pages the panorama of a life marked by a passion for colour and light, and devoted to capturing their multiple effects. A major discovery for the history of Swiss painting, John-Francis Lecoultre is a past master of the art of pastel. His pictorial approach sometimes takes after the snapshot. In a few strokes, Lecoultre manages to reproduce the thousand aspects of the surface of water, to suggest the wind in the trees and to make tangible the asperities of rock—a treatment that proves particularly effective in his small formats. The images selected are exact reproductions of the originals, since the painter’s daughter supervised the process by assisting to the printing of each sheet. This leporello is a beautifully crafted book for an outstanding pastelist, adds a chapter in the history of Swiss art and tells in images the story of a life dedicated to capturing the beauty of the world.
Subjects: Grammont, Lake Geneva, Valais, Brittany, Paris, Venice, Tuscany.