Lussanet. Paint in His Blood

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Lussanet. Paint in His Blood

Paul de Lussanet (b. 1940) received his first painting lessons from his grandparents, artists who lived in Laren in its artistic heyday. After studying for a time at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Antwerp he spent three summers at Oskar Kokoschka’s ‘School of Seeing’ in Salzburg. Paul then went to live in artists’ mecca Paris for ten years. During the summer he could often be found at Jagtlust, the Laren art bastion owned by Fritzi Harmsen van Beek. In 2000 he returned to his home turf in Laren for good.

De Lussanet, once hailed as the ‘wonderboy of new figuration’, has a clear preference for the female nude as a subject. But his greatest love is painting itself. He creates dynamic compositions with confident linework and disengaged planes of colour. The partially visible white ground allows his work to breathe. The abiding influence of Kokoschka, the great expressionist, links his work with modernism.

A new monograph entitled Lussanet. Verf in het bloed by Wim Hazeu (in Dutch only) is available at the Singer Shop.