Jacques PONCET (1921-2012).
Lyon, la Croix-Rousse. 2000 (Series Lyon)
Acrylic on canvas signed and dated upper left.
The painter Jacques Poncet (1921-2012) who -at the beginning of his career, had been discovered by Picasso's famous Parisian gallery owner, Pierre Loeb- exhibited in Lyon at the gallery L'Oeil Ecoute, with his friend Georges Romathier (1927-2017) and later at Alice Chartier's, with Francois-Xavier Fagniez (1936) -disciple of Bazaine and Bonnard- before finishing at Paul Gauzit's. Jacques Poncet was initially a cubist, but he left the genre very early on, to find his own style, which would focus on figuration and colourful luxuriance, drawn from the life he exalts. The large paintings, mainly devoted to landscapes, which surround him, are created around chosen themes. From his studio in La Croix-Rousse, the "roofs of the city" in grey weather or full sun, then the "views of Lyon", (he lived in a building overlooking the city). On the Rhone side, it was the pale lights of the rising sun, and on the west side, the reds of the setting sun. In the summer, his landscape changed with the big trees of the Landes forests and especially the beaches where lascivious bathers would sunbathe, before plunging into the rolls of the excessive waves. But, the studio work attracted Jacques Poncet, especially in moments of solitude, when the painter was in dialogue with his palette, in the corner of a window flooding the inspiration with his most beautiful effects... Poncet is a generous and emphatic artist who seduced Paul Dini when the latter acquired four large formats for the Municipal Museum, which bears his name in Villefranche-sur-Saône.... BG