• Katherine Stanek

Michel Delacroix's Paris

Simply stated, Michel Delacroix is one of the world’s most beloved living artists.

A naif style painter of dreams for more than 50 years, his subject has been “the Paris of then” – a city that no longer actually exists. His is the Paris of the 1940’s, when it was occupied during the war. Because he was a child, he did not understand the cruelties and absurdities of the political situation. He saw only a Paris that had regressed 50 years into the past – a quiet, isolated Paris with few cars on the streets but filled with an energy and a spirit of brotherhood that, to him, was rich, exciting and almost magical.

It is to this Paris of by-gone years that Delacroix has returned in his gentle works. His painting, renowned for their graceful balance of the earthy and the urban, have earned worldwide recognition and a following of loyal collectors. His work can be found in several public and private collections including the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain in Paris and the Musée International d’Art Naïf.

In 1994, Michel Delacroix was named an Official Artist of the Olympics. His painting, "Atlanta 1886-1996", became an Official Poster for the 1996 Games. His painting “Sport, Spirit and Splendor” was commissioned to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the modern Olympics.

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of viewing Michel Delacroix's original paintings, we invite you to come visit Stanek gallery where we have six of his nostalgic works on view until August 13th in "Chuchoter À Travers La Rivière" (Whispers Across the River).

"Le Demande en Mariage" Michel Delacroix

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