FABIENNE DELACROIX AT AXELLE FINE ARTSMay 3, 2011
Fabienne is the youngest child of Michel Delacroix and has inherited his talent. Growing up, as she did, with a father who painted constantly, who recognized her talent, she was lucky enough to be trained by him.
This piece of luck is also a two-edged sword. When an artist is trained exclusively by one painter, they cannot help but absorb the mannerisms of that painter; it is natural for the teacher to continue their style through the student. This is true of Fabienne Delacroix and yet she is finding her own voice.
Fabienne’s technique is the same as Michel’s. You can see the similarities in her skies, in her buildings and in her people. Her cityscapes could be painted by her father as they even include Michel’s signature brown and white dog. Her paintings are as charming as his. I suspect that, one day, art historians will have trouble identifying who painted what. Ciel de Taine, while a country scene painted by Fabienne, could as well have been painted by Michel.
Bus, as I said, Fabienne is finding her own voice. She loves the sea in all it’s permutations and it is here that we can see the direction in which Fabienne Delacroix is moving. She has taken the best of the technique taught by her father and applied her own vision. In some of these paintings, her work seems more influenced by the impressionists, in others by 17th century Japanese artists. She is creating her own vision and I applaud her. I also truly enjoy this work.
I’ve selected 4 paintings which show the directions in which Fabienne is stretching herself. “Soleil pale sure les voiles” bridges naif and impressionistic technique. “Bateau au mouillage’ is almost pointillist. “Le phare d’Eckmuhl” could have been painted in Japan. I’m not certain about “Le transatlantique” but it has elements of those wonderful old movie poster from the 1920’s and 1930’s, along with the naif elements.
I’m of the opinion that Fabienne’s work will hold up over time and that her work will be uniquely recognizable. I want to see where she takes it.
Fabienne Delacroix is showing in the New York and Boston galleries throughout April and into May.
On another subject, we were able to preview new work by Patrick Pietropoli and Laurent Dauptain. Pietropoli is experimenting with gold leaf backgrounds; he will be having a show in December. Dauptain has done some superb city glimpses with assertive colors; regrettably, didn’t get a time frame for his next show. Look for both shows.