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CHAROY Bernard : CHAROY Bernard

CHAROY Bernard
CHAROY Bernard

Biographie de CHAROY Bernard


Bernard CHAROY was born in 1931 , on the East of France. His creative lineage and the artistic heritage of his region were to have a profound influence on his career.

Before entering boarding school he had already demonstrated his gift as a draftsman. By the age of 11 he was executing drawings and illustrations which showed exceptional talent and - something which is far more rare than technical virtuosity - a keen sense of human sentiment which would continue to mark his later works. His prodigious talent and introspective sensibility are brilliantly illustrated by the self-portrait at the front of the book, which he executed at the age of 17.

Charoy came to Butte Montmartre in 1955 to learn and work with the artists of the Atelier Dejoie. He came with his prodigious talent and a burning desire to learn and work. It was here that he learned the art of lithography and began applying his talents to the more difficult medium oil painting. At the same time he also made the necessary contacts with advertising agencies and newspaper publishers to pursue an artistic career in Paris.

Charoy found the world of advertising too constraining for his artistic talents. As he put it, "I had much more liberty in working with the press than in advertising. " He is more interested in illustrating persons or scenes evoking real emotions than in selling his talent to the world of commercial illustration. By 1961, Charoy's career as an illustrator was firmly established with such important publishers as Edi-Monde and Opera Mundi.

With greater material ease came artistic maturity and the possibility of returning to his original sources of inspiration.

It is in his native Lorraine that Charoy finds his true creative influences.

There is clearly a lineage with the engraver Jacques Callot, who depicted villages and bucolic scenes from the Lorraine countryside. Charoy's early paysages bear a striking resemblance in both theme and sentiment.

The Ecole de Nancy is synonymous with decorative arts and artists in France. It was here that the sensual, organic, curvilinear forms of Art Nouveau came to their fullest expression. Such artist-illustrators as E. Friant, Camille Martin and Mucha made a great impression on Charoy. These influences can easily be felt in the forthright sensuality and unabashed celebration of feminine forms.

Painting is a serious medium suited to the expression of profound sentiment and grand subjects. Illustration is the perfect mode for the depiction of imagination, reverie and idealised forms - in this case female form. Charoy's Pin-up girls are fine examples.

Bernard Charoy is a brilliant talented figurative artist, who was continued to follow and develop his creativity instincts for nearly half a century.

Slowly, but sincerely he has built up an international following of admirers and collectors.

To know his work is to be enchanted by the deeply rooted on sincere sentiment that they communicate.

All of those who are lucky enough to know the man personally understand that Charoy is made of these very some warm and generous humour sentiments.

Discussions of painting conventionally centre on consideration of line and form, colour and brush stroke. This is true because these are the material elements that make the plastic construction of a painting.

The paintings of Bernard Charoy somehow elicit something different from conventional art critical parlance. His works are composed of the some plastic elements, of course, but also of flesh, of health, of perfume and of sentiment.