Francois Mathieu (1962 - 2007)
Francois Mathieu and the Lost Art of Pointillism
Pointillism is a unique and very distinctive style of painting that involves the formation of brilliant, vibrant imagery and the communication of rich, poignant emotions through the juxtaposition of tiny dots of distinct colors. As it relies on the innate ability of the viewer’s mind to mentally transform the individual points of color into a broader, richer picture that includes a much larger palette of shades and hues than is actually present, it is an incredibly difficult technique that requires an extremely skilled artist to pull off successfully.
Pointillism is known to art enthusiasts mostly through the work of skilled French masters of neo-impressionist art such as Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. As it is such a difficult painting method to truly master, very few artists these days even attempt to take it on. However, French artist Francois Mathieu is one modern artist who fully mastered the intricacies of pointillism and even managed to take it to bold new heights to create something truly unique and as yet unparalleled by the work of any other modern artist.
Although the work of Francois Mathieu has much in common with the work of the great pointillism masters who came before, it possesses a level of vibrancy, as well as a life force that the work of the original pointillists does not possess in quite the same way. Seurat, for instance, was very scientific in his approach to his ... Read More