Marcel Wibault (1904-1998), a renowned Chamonix painter, is unquestionably one of the great realistic painters of the 20th century. Coming from the Beaux Arts, he settled in Chamonix in 1937 and will no longer leave the valley. Mountaineer and amateur skier, he will put his easel in the high mountains, in the most picturesque places: turbulent walls of clouds, peaks beaten by the winds, cottages snugly coiled in mountain pasture ... His passion and his knowledge in geology will allow him to paint During the tunneling of the Mont-Blanc tunnel. His second passion, the history of Savoy, was worth a few commands of panels illustrating the Dukes of Savoy. An intimate painter, he excelled in his portraits (family and friends), which he realized in a style that some might call Impressionist. His paintings of soldiers of the Empire, standard-bearers and horsemen, won him a first quotation at Drouot.
Daughter of a painter, Sabine Christin (born in 1964 in Thonon 74) very early knew what a life of artist represented. After having followed passionately the curriculum of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she embarked on a singular path. Fascinated since childhood by the paper-based material, whose marvelous diversity she had been able to measure in a Japanese shop at the age of eight, she quickly chose to explore collage while drawing and painting on fabrics and plexiglas . She invented an original technique from colored papers of colored, contrasting matt, transparency, thickness and radiance. Paste, cut, tear, assemble, overlay, so many seemingly simple techniques that create visual effects of great complexity. Effects of depth, movement, glare and darkness, between disturbing strangeness and surprising tranquility. Ode to suspended time and worried life, these works construct a singular visual universe.
Lionel Wibault (born 1947), son of Marcel Wibault, is an original and atypical artist, happily marrying his profession as a mountain guide and his work as a painter. "One gains his liberty with audacity": this is the motto that Lionel has given to combine with talent two arts de vivre, mountaineering and painting, which are so many hymns to the creation and the freedom of expression. He removes from his face-to-face contact with the mountain as a guide an incomparable experience that he will retranscribe in his paintings. Its mountain races have deposited in its memory all the infinite nuances and splendours of nature, the changing atmospheres, the evening lights and the cold shadows of the glaciers. On returning to the studio he will be able to restore the most impressive impressions inscribed in his eyes.