Well-established French painter Bernard Cathelin was a contemporary artist whose work is known internationally and has been featured in over 50 exhibitions worldwide. A contemporary of Matisse, Chagall and Picasso, Cathelin’s painterly sensibilities distinguished him among his peers in a generation where painting became less an art form and more a process.
Cathelin was a member of the School of Paris, which included such luminaries as Matisse, De Buffet, Maurice Brianchon and Andre Brasilier. He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Blumenthal Prize (1950), the Emily Loewe Prize (1953) and the Othon Friesz Prize (1958). Amongst the important and prestigious shows of his works have been Fondation Gianadda à Martigny (Switzerland) in 1985, Château de Chenonceau (France) in 1987, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (France) in 1992, Daimaru Museum Tokyo (Japan) in 1994, Château de Bagatelle (France) in 1995 and Musée de la Seita (France) in 1996. The Musée de Valence dedicated him a retrospective of his work in the summer of 1997. This exhibition by drawing local and worldwide visitors established a new frequentation record for the museum. In 2000, the Shanghai Art Museum in China organized a retrospective exhibition presenting 40 years of Cathelin’s works. Cathelin has an extensive following in France, USA, Japan, Switzerland, Canada and England.
His international appeal is in part due to the energy and vitality seen throughout his work. His work is recognized for its strength, simplicity and sincerity, and is characterized by purity and potency. Icon-like in form, it possesses a subtle richness that is conveyed through texture and color. Cathelin’s canvases present a radiant synthesis of life and art. It is the passionate sensibility of the artist that emerges from the canvas to capture the viewer’s attention, resulting in dynamic images, where landscapes are not stationary and models are not still. Although his artwork is often composed of various geometric shapes, he is able to work around the rigidity of these forms by applying bright rich colors and layering where necessary.