Bernard Cathelin was a French painter born in 1919 Paris and was a member of the School of Paris which included Picasso, Chagall, Matisse, Dufy and many others. He received critical acclaim as early as 1950, and his reputation as an artist of international repute increased gradually during the decade. His works have featured in more than 50 worldwide exhibitions and his art is held in many major galleries.
Famous for oil paintings and lithographs with a richness of texture and vivid colour, the three favourite themes in Cathelin's work are still life, landscapes and portraits of women. He is known for his uniquely stylized abstractions of flowers, landscapes, and figures. Utilizing thick palette knife applications and rich colors, Cathelin produces a sense of light and corporeal form in his paintings. He traveled extensively around the world. Countries such as Mexico, Russia, Japan, Italy and Spain were a source of inspiration for his creations and the landscapes of the Drôme and neighbouring Provence.
He was elected to the French Legion of Honour in 1995 and in 2000 the Shanghai Art Museum in China organised a retrospective exhibition presenting 40 years of his works.
Bernard Cathelin died on 17 April 2004, but dedicated exhibitions are still held in France and across the world.
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