As his wife Annabel describes: “Very quickly, you transformed yourself into a witness of the daily life which you sensed. You painted what you had in front of your eyes. Your natures mortes, which we sometimes called pessimistic, are only the true reflections of a helpless era. Your often aloof characters, always painful and so terribly alone, resemble you but also resemble your contemporaries. Through them, you illustrate your gospel, you calm your horrors of war and your turn away from an ever resurrecting human misery. From the Pieta to La Barricade, we find the internal tears which modesty forbad you to shed. It is this, the painting of truth without complacency, which has rendered you a celebrity. Your sincerity is evident. You have never betrayed it. Never have you diverged from the line which you traced. If the essence of your thinking stayed the same, it did not prevent your oeuvre from evolving both through your mastery of color and ease of draftsmanship” (quoted in Bernard Buffet, Tableaux pour un musée, 1945-1949, Lausanne, 2001, n.p., translated from the French).
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