Marcel Wibault: From Besançon, his hometown, the painter (1904-1998) cycled through the Alps to paint the most beautiful mountain landscapes. He sets his easel in Chamonix in 1934 and never leaves our valley, leaving more than 4000 works to posterity, now scattered all over the world.
From the chalet to the high mountains: "I like these free walks, these outings on the alp, this beautiful and large landscape. In the cloud holes, we see the immaculate peaks that shine. As the air is light here. "With its" pastorales "- snowy mountains, pastures and flowering chalets - emerges all the harmony of bucolic landscapes, calm and serene where it is good to live and rest or to dream when the sun in the evening gild the mountains and ignite the glaciers.
Marcel Wibault paints what he sees: We can also follow his steps on the high peaks, in search of the most beautiful effects, the subtlety of the shadows and the lights, the changing reflections on the lakes, the moirure of the glaciers and this indefinable perfume exhaling from the rock burned by the sun. This exhibition reflects his attachment to our beautiful valley and all the splendor of the high peaks. These oils made in high mountains will reveal to the visitor some wonderful "snapshots" by Marcel Wibault. Indeed, he has often worked in the manner of today's photographers, being "on the lookout" for an impression, a light, a line furtively unveiled by a gust of wind . Perched on a ledge, his fingers numb with cold and the bridge shaking with gusts, he was able to highlight these natural effects so special and so beautiful.
In the painter's studio: The portraits of family, known and loved people, reveal the softness of his brush when he is intimate. At the same time, other works reflect the daily life or testify of the past: the "jumbo" digging the tunnel, mountain guides or soldiers of the Empire.
We will find the magnificent works of the painter in his studio. They will adorn the dark paneling of the chalet where, in the winter, he installed his easel. We will contemplate them at leisure, in the intimacy of this interior where he also liked to carve and carve the doors, the backs of chairs or the beams of his coffered ceiling ...
From his empty tubes of paint, the artist, in his spare moments, melted lead to mold him into naive miniature soldiers!
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