DUFOUR Bernard
Born in Paris November 21, 1922. After his secondary studies he was sent to Germany by the S.T.O. (Forced Labor Orgazination), a period which lasted from 1943 to 1945. On his return he finished his engineering-agriculture studies; while, at the same time, he frequented the academies of Montparnasse and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Since 1949 he has been exhibiting at the Salon de Mai; in 1949-1950 he took part in the exhibition called "Les Mains Eblouies" which was held at the Galerie Maeght, and he took part also in the Salon d'Octobre organized by Charles Estienne ( 1952-1953). An important exhibition of his work was held at the Galerie Jeanne Bucher in 1951, 1952, 1953; and since 1954 an important exhibition of his work has been held at the Galerie Pierre. If the work of Bernard Dufour is outwardly marked by a need for mobility and sensual dynamism, it is marked inwardly by a very strong sense of analogy, by the complexity of the sway of reigning influences, by the ambivalence of the elements. "I notice in my contacts with Nature that often landscapes of quite different appearances arouse in me feelings that are almost identical, and I ask myself then what is the unique and secret language by which I thus perceive, accidently, the various fragments. "As means: "graphicdrawing and the color that is outside Nature, which the creators of imaginary and visionary worlds as the Irish monks created in their illuminated manuscripts, the sculptor-painters of New Guinea, the Romanesque, joined by Gauguin, Cézanne in his old age, Kandinsky."
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