Friday, June 15, 2012

Michel Tiffet

“ Impressions de campagne”  © Michel Tiffet
Name: Michel Tiffet
Bio: Michel Tiffet was born in Lamotte-Beuvron, France in 1931. At a very early age a natural ability to draw manifested itself. At 17 he entered l'Ecole Professionelle de Vierzon where he pursued his studies and obtained a diploma as Peintre-Decorateur Ceramiste. Upon graduation he was commissioned to create exclusive porcelain decorations by the House of Limoges. A silver medal recipient at l'Exposition de Vierzon, he was also member of numerous artists associations, in particular that of Artistes Orleanais de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Painting never ceased to fascinate him so he joined the studios of J.G. Domergue in Curly. In 1951 he was called up and spent two years in Tunisia where his time is shared between his military training and his artistic pursuits. He owes his early inspiration in part to the landscape of the Sologne (setting of the French classic Le Grand Meaulnes) for its autumn scenery, woods and ponds. These landscapes are apparent in his first drawings and gouache paintings dating from the 1940's.
In 1966 Tiffet moved to Quebec, where he pursued the profession of pastel artist, along with his assiduous activities as art teacher. He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of Eastern Canada and is currently professor at Plateau Mont-Royal, Québec.
Medium:  Pastel; oil; watercolour; sculpture
Subjects: Landscape
Style: His naturalistic landscapes are characterized by a strong sense of light and shadow as well as a lavish chromaticism.
Navigation: A bit tricky this, and the website is in French. There seems to be a number of ways to access the galleries or “collections”. To see the pastels; click on Sculptures et Pastels, and note that there are two pastel galleries.
Gallery: Galerie 1; Galerie 2; Galerie 3; Collections (Premieres Années ; Premieres Années - Dessins;) Sculptures et Pastels (Click on left link for sculptures ; on the image of the girl on right for pastels.)
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in new page; there is no detail on dimension of original work; download is permitted. Impressions de campagne is 642 x 509, 69 KB.
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