Letters from America, Letters from Italy - Jean-Michel Coulon

Jean-Michel Coulon - Publisher Gourcuff Gradenico - Ouvrage de deux volumes sous coffret - 160 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2019

The painter Jean-Michel Coulon is a passionate traveler who has visited the United States and Italy on several occasions. This is an opportunity for the artist to write many letters to different people in his family in which he comments what he sees.

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Model 9782353403011
Artist Jean-Michel Coulon
Author Jean-Michel Coulon
Publisher Gourcuff Gradenico
Format Ouvrage de deux volumes sous coffret
Number of pages 160
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 280 x 240
Technique(s) Nombre d'illustrations : environ 150
Published 2019

Written with care and vivacity, this abundant correspondence punctuates all his travels. Between 1955 and 1956 he traveled to the United States by boat and made a two-month trip to the north of the country from New York to Washington, Boston, Buffalo, Cleveland and Chicago. It is a precious testimony to the America of the fifties on which Jean-Michel Coulon takes a watchful and curious look. He does not hesitate to describe the American way of life by pinning his excesses and his paradoxes, even if he remains fascinated by the irruption of modernity in everyday life.

Between 1960 and 1971, the painter regularly visits Italy and comments on his travels in a lively and sometimes acerbic way. He goes to all the cities of the north of Italy, then to Rome, Naples and along the Amalfi Coast. He discovers the south of Italy, still very much focused on his past, and describes with great wit the strange dysfunctions of everyday life.

You can feel the look of an artist whose palette will gradually absorb the atmospheres of the cities, the light of the landscapes, and the colors of what he sees, whether the imposing masses of American skyscrapers or the varied palette of Italian frescoes, and of course the priceless works of museums.

These letters are a rare and precious testimony that allows to better understand the work of a secret artist who devoted all his life to his painting.


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