My secret gardens

I was born in the North of France. It is the region which has an industrial past thanks to the extraction of the coal. Brick houses were narrow with a garden where the worker, after a hard day’s work could make a little culture instead of hanging out in bars. I drew many gardens as those there. I like this mess of old rubbish, sheds, vegetation. They are small quiet paradises, completely in shelters of the noises of the street.

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annappes3A few kilometers south of Lille, one can see these brick houses built for coal miners at the beginning of 20th century

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I lived several years in Paris. I crossed this city in all directions with my bicycle. I discovered magnificent closed gardens, secret alleys… I liked taking out my paper and my brush in places deserted but full of charm…

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When I made this drawing, I was waiting at the metro station Gare d’Austerliz and watching in direction of the viaduc of Austerliz where railroads pass above the Seine river.

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Somewhere, on banks of the Seine

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I did mountain climbing when I was young. I admired the variety of mountain landscapes:  There could be beautiful places in this hostile environment. The vegetation had almost completely disappeared, leaving only the broken rock, and ice…

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Then, it seemed interesting to give to these drawings a Chinese style…

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Uspenski cathedral

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Towards the library, Kaisaniemenkatu

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