Original Jean Duquoc Entitled “Paysage Champêtre”
Jean Duquoc (French, 1937- present) | Paysage Champêtre (Rural or Country Landscape) | 2008 | Oil on Canvas | Signed, wooden frame | 31.75″ x 25.5″ image only; 39.5″ x 33″ with frame
Jean Duquoc’s Paysage Champêtre is a recent addition to the Worthington Collection. From Duquoc’s Red Sun Series. Jean Duquoc (French, 1937- present) | Paysage Champêtre (Rural or Country Landscape) | 2008 | Oil on Canvas | Signed, wooden frame | 31.75″ x 25.5″ image only; 39.5″ x 33″ with frame.
This expressive and vibrant painting is characteristic of the Duqouc’s artistic style where the majority of his works depict landscape scenes from his native region Brittany, France. According to Duquoc, “My country is a very strong country and calls for strong colors. It is a country of strong contrasts. It is a meeting of land and sea. The result is impassioned, vivifying landscapes that convey not only emotional intensity but spiritual transcendence.”
Jean Duquoc is a French-born painter who draws inspiration from the land, seas and skies of Brittany. Duquoc was born in Nantes in northwest France in 1937. He enjoyed a happy childhood with his father who was an intellectual art and music lover and his mother who he revered was of rural background who loved farming and the outdoors.
In his early professional life, Duquoc was in advertising and art publishing and distinguished himself as a creator of art calendars in the medium of contemporary painting and reproduction art. It was at the age of 40 that he became a professional artist and is entirely self-taught.
Duquoc developed the need to paint in order to tell the story of Brittany where he lives. It is one of France’s most rugged regions and is a fascinating mix of spectacular coastline, ancient towns, magical islands and inland woods. While geographically part of France, Brittany’s soul remains its own much like Duquoc. He is closely tied to this region and likes to depict the more traditional Breton way of life in his paintings.
Duquoc’s first exhibition was in Guingamp, Brittany in 1972, and he has since exhibited extensively throughout Europe, the United States and Canada where his paintings have been acquired by private and corporate collectors. He has also participated in numerous professional art shows in France, England, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
Recognized as a talented colorist, Duquoc has been published in many books and magazines throughout the world including Escales, Bretons and The Washington Times. In 1992, he was featured in the French documentary Our Land, Shared Emotion, profiling pastel-works of old rigging ships. In 2000, his painting Chemin Rouge Vers la Mer was selected as the official poster for the American Heart Association’s 2000 Gold Heart Gala. He has been the guest of honor at international events including the World’s Customs Organization 50th Anniversary in Brussels, Belgium.
Artist / Maker
2008, 21st Century
L (up to 40 in.)