On Thursday April 12 th, Stéphane Erouane Dumas celebrated his sixtieth birthday with a beautiful opening at galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, rue Debelleyme. This discreet French artist, who studied at Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, has devoted his life to painting trees and cliffs. The cliffs are in Varangeville, one of the most dramatic countrysides of Normandy, where he lives and works and his trees come from everywhere, but in this specific show they are mostly birches from Northern countries. The music and poetry of the paintings are incomparable and somewhat reminiscent of Vilhelms Purvitis, the Latvian painter shown at Musée d’Orsay.
The works on canvas and on paper are a true symphony of grey and blues. The dark walls on the ground floor enhance the strong impression of abstraction and purity and one is immediately struck by a mystic feeling created by nature and the methodical painting of each piece. It is very soothing.
The artist manages to transform a forest into a vertical group of linear trees and represents frost as a large blue dot. I was mesmerized by the general effect and you need to go and see the talent of this very subtle painter who patiently works his canvas with many stratas of paint. The details of each layer are quite striking.
Stéphane Erouane Dumas, a cousin of Hermès Artistic director Pierre Alexis Dumas, first worked with oaks and apple trees from Normandy. He then discovered birches from Norway and Finland. there is a certain snobbism in Paris at the moment of using birch wood logs in one’s fireplaces. They are very pretty! But here they are mysterious. Greens and blues, greys and whites, create landscapes which are almost abstract and convey the myths of legends. One could easily see Pelleas and Mélisande play in this forest, and dream on the side of the frosted lake. The paintings are timeless and belong to eternity.
The large dark room on the ground floor of the gallery is a perfect frame for the most dramatic large oils and when you walk upstairs, under the roof, the happiness of the paintings explode.
I particularly liked the small works on paper, which are more affordable than the large canvases (ca 8 500€), and the forcefulness of the art is omnipresent even in the smaller formats.
The show is pure poetry and you will feel happy from seeing it. Until May 12, Galerie Pierre-Alain Challier, 8 rue Debelleyme.
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