A meeting at the origin of a passion !

It’s a chance encounter that made me a diligent collector of the works of Claude Weisbuch. And this meeting due to luck will result to become a “passion” !

This passion earned me the nickname of “Bishop of W.”

Engraving "Le Fou de W"
In the form of a caricature, this exlibris, the work of Philippe Migné “The Madman of W.”, is a nod by the character represented on the edge of the cover of the book on the table.

In tribute to his talent, I started the challenge to dedicate him a Web site with 3 objectives : 

share my excitement for this work and his creator,

create a space of sharing and exchange between lovers,

propose the exchange or acquisition of certain Works.

The encounter with a work

In 1985, in the Paris suburbs, I can’t look the other way for a lithography of a violinist in the window of a picture framer. Although classic, I immediately become a buyer, both its strength and vigor subjugate me.

lithograph "The lesson of Professor Tulp" 1973
Recovery of a title of Rembrandt, this table was a command of the Guild of surgeons, of which Tulp is a prominent representative.éminent.

Back to my home, I have long contemplated this acquisition which continued to captivated me. Indeed, I was fascinated by this complete work. Thanks to it, I discovered that the precision of a passionate trait could be an intense emotion. Curious to learn more about these techniques, I have “traced” to reach the “size-doucier” Patrick Degouy, the talented soft-cut printing professional. As soon as I located him, I went to his studio in Issy les Moulineaux close to Paris. It is simply and with kindness that it “opened me” the doors of his art.  So for several months, over our meetings, we have forged friendly ties. I had great difficulty in not yielding to the temptation, and my collection is expanding…

The encounter with the artist : Claude Weisbuch

A day at the insistence of the “taille-doucier”, I went to his studio, and a big surprise was waiting for me, Claude Weisbuch was there, to work ! If that day, I couldn’t grasp the complexity of the character, a connection was established. From here and for a dozen years I had the privilege of sharing moments with him. Thus, yarn needle, at each of our meetings I walked a bit in the decryption of the man and his work. Finally, I take from him a passionate worker, but also a great humanist freedom-loving. And constantly he was scribbling sketches, prelude to future works. And if his sharp mind full of new ideas, his pockets overflowed with drawing notebooks and sheets !

Other facets of the artist

It is during his exhibition of oil paintings in the castle of Chenonceau in 1988 that I discovered the power of his painting. The works which were presented to me have bewitched, it was beautiful, and I got a real shock!

Invitation exhibition oils on canvases in Chenonceau in 1988
Château de Chenonceau June 1988, unfortunately, these works were, above my modest means. What a regret !

A few exceptional meetings

One of the highlights of our exchanges is that day in 1997 where he was honoured with the awarding of the legion of honor. Indeed, this distinction was the consequence of his recognized international artist status. Despite this, it is with simplicity and naturally that he came to the workshop to celebrate this event. On this occasion, a few friends and myself, had the privilege to share this special moment with him.

My last discussion with Weisbuch took place in 1999, just before I left for migrating to South Africa.  During this meeting, we of course talked about meaning of life and freedom.

2 thoughts on “A landmark meeting

  1. Degouy franck Reply

    Le petit taille doucier était mr Patrick degouy

    • Marc Saint-Martin Post authorReply

      Bonjour Franck,

      C’est exact, je n’ai pas voulu écrire son nom car je ne sais pas s’il aurait apprécié et aussi pas de nouvelles depuis longtemps et aucun moyen de contact.
      Te souviens-tu de moi ? voir ma photo sur le site juste après la carte du monde où j’ai un peu bourlingué…

      Que sont devenus tes parents à la retraite ? Où vit maintenant le Grand Taille-doucier ?


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