Well the heat arrived, we wanted it, but I’m not sure we were all prepared for it! For a view of cool water and parasols, we head to Cannes in Southern France where this beautiful, pointillist piece by Jean Vollet is set.
Jean Vollet creates a world of paradise. The influence of Seurat, combined with Renoir and Pissaro, are visible in the paintings of Vollet, and their balance and equilibrium, their serenity, are typically French. There is a precise technique in Vollet’s landscapes. Here, a multitude of tiny, blue and red coloured dots are blended to create movement and depth. Rather than mixing the colours on the palette beforehand, the close proximity of small dots of colour seems to blend in the viewer’s eye. His creative originality is demonstrated by his ability to combine tones of colour: here he mixes blue, red, yellow, orange and white to reproduce the vibrancy of a summer’s day, shimmering with colour and light. Vollet cleverly has blended the pointillist techniques of Seurat with the carefully applied study of light of the Impressionists, creating a sun-filled landscape filled with joy.
Born in Montayral, France on 29 June 1935, Jean Vollet studied art at the École d’Arts Graphiques in Bordeaux before moving to Paris in 1962. There he devoted his time entirely to painting and began to display his work in 1964 at the Salon des Independants. He has since successfully exhibited in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Beverly Hills, and Cannes.
If you are venturing out to the Cotswolds, do come and take full advantage of our air-conditioned galleries and a cool glass of champagne whilst viewing this beautiful work.