Due to the fact that I was born in the French Pyrenees, cycling paintings play an important role in my artwork dedicated to sport. I will never forget the many hours spent with my parents in the passes of our mountains when I was small, waiting for the cyclists from the Tour de France to pass by. It was always a very unique party. One left very early in the morning, in the direction of Col du Tourmalet, to ensure the best place at the side on the road. There, most of the time was spent waiting, eating, drinking, having fun. And then, all of a sudden, the cyclists arrived, it all lasted for a maximum of 10 minutes and that was it!
My mother told me that when she was herself a very little girl – I am speaking here of the 1930′s – she already went to see the Tour de France with her parents. Since the tour de France has existed certainly a tradition handed down from generation to generation in the Pyrenees. But they hadn’t a car then, so they took the train to the closest station to their goal, and had then to go on by foot, climbing up, walking the road to the pass. This is real commitment, isn’t it? One year, they were having a picnic down by a river, as they heard somebody screaming that the guys were coming. They all stood up and started to run up the hill, but the effort was such that my grand-mother lost consciousness, with the result that the whole family missed the cyclists! You can imagine the frustration after all these efforts.
Anyway, there is nothing more natural for me than to make cycling paintings. Apart from all these memories, the fact is that cyclists move fast, and I love to paint movement.And nowadays they are wearing such beautiful, bold sport clothes, extremely stimulating to my painter eyes!
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